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“This role offers me a chance to make a real contribution to the ability and character of England players and coaches in the years to come”
Former England team director Andy Flower has been appointed as the England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) Technical Director of Elite Coaching.
Flower will now be based at the National Cricket Academy in Loughborough and will work closely with the future generation of players and coaches.
He will also be tasked with creating a leadership programme for the younger players at the academy.
“I see this as a great opportunity for me as I start a new phase of my career,” Flower said. “I am particularly excited about the chance to build and mould a leadership course which is not simply about captaincy but much more. This role offers me a chance to make a real contribution to the ability and character of England players and coaches in the years to come.”
ECB managing director Paul Downton was pleased to have retained the services of Flower, especially after he was made to resign following the national team’s disastrous tour of Australia.
“The ECB is delighted that we are able to retain a man of Andy Flower’s experience and quality,” Downton said. “His record over the last five years speaks for itself and the ECB and Andy are excited about the future.
“Not only will Andy work with both players and coaches but will also look to enhance the relationship between the county coaches and the England set up. He will also work with Level 3 and 4 coaches in the ECB coaching structures.
“Andy will also build on the highly successful ECB Coach and Talent Development Programmes which have seen players such as Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, to name a few, graduate to England senior teams as well as a number of senior coaches from the First Class game become involved with coaching the England Lions.
“The role will also involve researching the World’s Best Practice in Coaching and Performance, drive and implement innovation in Coaching Practice and Technology, with and through the Fellowship of Elite Coaches and the National Cricket Performance Centre as well as recommending developments within ECB Coach Education and CPD Programmes.”