Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Ashley Giles steps down as England managing director. Ashley Giles took over as the director in 2018
Ashley Giles took over as the director in 2018
Ashely Giles has stepped down from his post as managing director of England men's cricket following an ECB board meeting to review the team's Ashes performance. Giles will be replaced on an interim basis by Andrew Strauss while the board casts its net to find a full-time replacement.
The structural changes have been set off in the wake of England's dismal performance in the recently-concluded Ashes, a series they lost 0-4. Head coach Chris Silverwood's position too has been under scrutiny although a decision on his continuity in the role is yet to be taken.
“I'm extremely grateful to Ashley for his commitment and contribution to England men's cricket over the last three years,” ECB CEO Tom Harrison said on Wednesday (February 2).
“He's highly respected throughout the game and has made a huge contribution to the ECB and England Men's cricket. Off the back of a disappointing men's Ashes this winter we must ensure we put in place the conditions across our game to enable our Test team to succeed.”
Giles, who succeeded Strauss to the director's role in 2018, noted that the last two years have been challenging with the Covid-19 pandemic throwing up several challenges, most notably those with those of mental fatigue of playing in bio-secure bubbles.
“The past couple of years have been incredibly challenging and I'm proud of what we've been able to deliver in the toughest of circumstances,” Giles said.”This has undoubtedly protected the future of the game in England and Wales
“Despite these challenges, over the past three years, we have become 50-over World Champions, the top ranked T20I side in the world, we remain 4th ranked Test team and our under 19s have just reached the World Cup final for the first time in 24 years. I wish all our players and staff great success for the future.
“I'm now looking forward to spending some time with my family before looking at the next challenge.”