Flower Appointed To New Coaching Role
Former England team director Andy Flower has been appointed as Technical Director of Elite Coaching by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The newly-created role means that Flower, who stood down as Team Director after five years in the job in January, continues his association with the ECB.
Flower will now enjoy a wide-ranging role working with next generation of England players and coaches and one of his tasks is to create a leadership programme for young England players.
He will be based at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough and Paul Downton, Managing Director - England Cricket, is pleased that Flower will continue working for the ECB.
"The ECB is delighted that we are able to retain a man of Andy Flower's experience and quality," he 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 he 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 work with a number of coaches from first-class counties who have been involved with the England Lions.
"The role will also involve researching the World’s Best Practice in Coaching and Performance, driving and implementing 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."
Flower himself added that he is looking forward to the opportunity. "I see this as a great opportunity for me as I start a new phase of my career.
"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."
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