The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have appointed former Kent, Middlesex and England wicket-keeper Paul Downton as Managing Director of England Cricket.
He will take over from Hugh Morris, who departs to take over as Chief Executive at Glamorgan, on 1st February 2014.
Downton played 30 Tests for England between 1981 and 1988 and 28 One-Day Internationals and enjoyed a successful county career, including helping Middlesex to the County Championship and Gillette Cup double in 1980.
He won the Championship twice with Kent and four times with Middlesex and won both the Benson & Hedges Cup and the Gillette/NatWest Cup three times.
He was forced to retire from cricket when he was struck in the eye by a bail, after which he has been an active member of the Middlesex, ECB Cricket and MCC Committees, as wel as being a qualified coach and forging a career in the city with HSBC, Cazenove and JP Morgan.
"Paul's record of success both on and off the field made him the outstanding candidate to replace Hugh Morris," explained ECB Chief Executive David Collier.
"His experience of a World Cup Final, Ashes success, six County Championship wins and 58 international appearances for England provides a wealth of cricket experience. His background in law when coupled with his experience in the City provides the unique set of skills which is required to lead and manage the England Cricket Department's £100 million budget over the next 4 years.
"Paul will inherit a thriving Team England operation which has been exceptionally well led by Hugh Morris and the ECB wishes Hugh every success in his new role at Glamorgan CCC."
Downton added: "I am honoured to have been offered this position and the trust which the ECB has placed in me to lead our national teams.
"Since retiring from the game I have taken a close interest in both County and International cricket and I am excited by the challenge of building on the success which England teams have enjoyed at all levels in recent years.
"My discussions during the appointment process with the Chairman, Chief Executive, the England Team Director and One Day coach have provided me with a clear vision of the importance attached to this role and I look forward to forging close and successful working relationships with my new colleagues at ECB.
"Finally I would like to thank J P Morgan Cazenove who have been a terrific company to work for during the past 17 years and I wish the company and all my colleagues every success in the future."
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