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Andrew Strauss resigns as Director of England Cricket

Andy Flower will fill in the role until December.

Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

The former England cricketer and the current Director of Cricket of ECB Andrew Strauss has stepped down from his position after serving for close to three and half years. He will now take up a more flexible role with the cricket board and will be initially supporting Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison as Strauss is likely to become his full-time successor in the future. However, the former England skipper admitted that it was an extremely tough decision to resign from the helm.

Andy Flower, who covered the role for the last four months, will continue in his interim capacity until December. The new appointment will be made next year in January ahead of the team’s West Indies tour.

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The official website of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealed the news of Strauss stepping down from his position. The 41-year-old felt that the next year is going to be crucial for England with Ashes and World Cup to take place and was of the opinion that the new Director should give consistent guidance and support to England Cricket through this period.

Opportunity to do something special

“After three and a half incredible years with the ECB, I have taken the difficult decision to step down from my role as Director of England Cricket. Next year is potentially the most important the game has had in this country, with the World Cup on home soil and a home Ashes series, and we have an incredible opportunity to do something special. It is vital that the Director of Cricket can give consistent guidance and support to England Cricket through this period,” he said.

Andrew Strauss also stressed the importance of giving some time to his wife and kids and the role of cricket needs full focus which is the reason he is stepping down.

“Taking time out this summer to support my wife and kids, as Ruth goes through treatment for cancer, has given me the chance to fully consider what’s right for England and what’s needed at home. The role in cricket requires total focus and commitment to deliver the best results, yet right now I need far more flexibility than could ever be possible in my position in order to support my family,” he further added.

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