There comes a freshly brewed update from the house of ECB. Their strategic advisor & Chair of the Performance Cricket Committee, Andrew Strauss has decided to step down from his role in the next AGM of ECB scheduled in May 2023. Strauss who has also served as the Director of the England Cricket team from 2015-2018, held the role in an interim capacity also from February to May 2022.
Strauss also chaired the High-Performance Cricket Committee & stayed connected to ECB by being their strategic advisor. He suggested many path-breaking reforms in England’s National Cricket team including recommendations to help players play in different kinds of conditions across the World. He also instructed in restructuring domestic setup focusing more on white-ball cricket instead of red-ball cricket. He further recommended the use of Kookaburra balls which can be used for a longer duration instead of Duke Balls which can be used mainly in England.
Andrew Strauss highlighted his journey with the ECB Board
Conveying his decision Andrew Strauss has reflected on his journey as ECB’s administrator by saying that due to increasing workload & pressure of the other roles he has been involved in outside of ECB has forced him to take this decision. He also extended his good wishes for the new board & management in place.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the ECB and am proud of having contributed to a successful period for our England teams. With increasing commitments outside of the organization, sadly I’ve decided it’s time to step away from my current role. I wish the new board all the very best as it continues in its mission to grow our game,” Strauss was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.
ECB Chief Executive, Richard Thompson also extended thanks to Strauss for his immense contribution to England Cricket over the years. He also expressed his desire to have Strauss involved with the board in some or other capacity in the near future.
“Andrew has given outstanding service to English cricket over many years in a number of different roles. I’ve greatly valued the advice and expertise he has provided in my time as chair, and have enjoyed working with him. We are currently implementing the vast majority of recommendations from his impressive High-Performance Review, which I believe will help our England men’s teams to sustain their success. I have no doubt he has much more to contribute to the game and hope he will return in the future,” Thompson stated.
ECB has further made drastic changes to teh board by appointing four non-executive directors to their management. Penny Avis, Baroness Zahida Manzoor, Jennifer Owen Adams, and Gareth Williams will join the board as new non-executive directors. The Board has further confirmed the appointment of two more cricket directors in non-executive roles in the near future.
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