London, April 17: The England Cricket Board (ECB) on Sunday appointed Rob Key as the new Managing Director of men’s cricket in England.
Key, 42, will replace Andrew Strauss, who took over the role on an interim basis after the departure of Ashley Giles. Giles stepped down after three years, following the Ashes debacle, where England lost 4-0 in Australia.
The former England batsman will take over immediately and will also step down from his role as one of Sky Sports’ commentators.
“Key will be responsible for the strategy behind England’s men’s cricket teams and the performance pathways leading to them. He will also take a key role as part of the High Performance Review which will start shortly,” the Board of Directors said. England and Wales cricket. in a sentence.
The batsman earned 21 caps for England in all three formats, including taking a two hundred test against the West Indies at Lord’s in 2004, which led to him being named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2005. He also had a long and historic career. with Kent on the domestic circuit.
“It is an absolute honor to take on this role. The opportunity to make an impact and make a difference is an opportunity given to very few and I will give everything I have to try and shape the next great era of English men’s cricket.” . Key said.
“I loved my time at Sky and could never have imagined leaving if it wasn’t for this amazing opportunity. I would like to personally thank Bryan Henderson and everyone on the team for their help and support.
“Although right now it has been a challenging time in English cricket, I also think it is the most exciting time I can remember. With two of our teams near or at the top of the world rankings and an undoubted amount of talent in our game. I look forward to trying to get everyone on the journey so we can all help take English men’s cricket to new heights in all formats.”
During a playing career that spanned three decades (1998-2015), Key amassed more than 28,000 runs with 60 centuries. He captained Kent twice from 2006 to 2012 and then again from 2014 to 15. During his time as captain the team won the County Championship Second Division title in 2010 and reached three national white ball finals.
He was also part of the England squad that won the U-19 World Cup for the first and only time in 1998. After announcing his retirement in 2016, Key became a successful commentator for Sky Sports. “After a thorough hiring process, Rob stood out in a very competitive field. His passion and knowledge of the game nationally and internationally are outstanding. He is a proven leader and combines an approachable nature with fresh, original thinking and a resilience that will stand him in good stead. A lot to the paper and I’m sure the players and staff alike will enjoy working with Rob. I have no doubt he’ll relish the challenge ahead of us,” said Tom Harrison, CEO of the ECB.
“I would like to thank Andrew for agreeing to return to the role on an interim basis. Having someone with his experience and skills through the transition and recruitment process was invaluable. He continues to be a great asset to English and Welsh Cricket,” he added.
One of Key’s first tasks will be the appointment of a permanent test pattern after Joe Root decided to step down. England currently languish at the bottom of the World Test Championship table.