The England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB) decided on Wednesday to abolish the post of national coach – currently held by Ed Smith – and give full power to the head coach of the men’s team, who will be fully responsible for future selections of the team.
The ECB said in a statement that “As part of the restructuring, the role of National Coach currently held by Ed Smith, who was appointed in the spring of 2018, will no longer exist and Smith will leave the ECB at the end of the month. During these three years, England enjoyed success in all formats, including becoming ICC 50 over the Men’s World Champions in 2019 and is currently ranked 1st, 1st and 4th in all three formats.
“This new structure, developed by the managing director, English Men’s Cricket, Ashley Giles, will give clear accountability to England’s men’s coach Chris Silwood, who will be fully responsible for future team selections from now on. The head coach and the respective captains of red and white balls, Joe Koren and Eoin Morgan, will continue to work together to select the final players eleven, “said the ECB.
The ECB said there was a support system in place to provide the head coach with the data needed to facilitate the selection.
“Support for this system will be a resource that will provide information from performance analysis, talent identification, intelligence, medical and sports science. There will be additional input from English Executive Director of Men Mo Bobat and James Taylor, who will see the title “The change from England coach to head scout. All coaches assigned to the men’s international teams will be involved in this process,” the ECB said.
England’s managing director for men’s cricket, Ashley Giles, thanked Ed Smith and said: “The current selection process in England has been going on for more than 120 years. Although this system has its merits, with advances in technology and more a great resource for gathering information at our disposal ever since, restructuring is in the best interest to help England’s men’s teams be successful.
“The new structure also makes the lines of account much clearer, with Chris Silverwood, as head coach, taking the ultimate responsibility for selecting senior men’s teams in England,” Giles said.