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ECB Announce Major Changes In Management Structure

ECB Announce Major Changes In Management Structure
Paul Downton has been removed from his position as Managing Director England Cricket.
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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have announced changes in the England Cricket’s management structure which starts with the removal of managing director Paul Downton.

Announcing the development, ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison revealed that a new-look format will be put in place to ensure that the national team gains greater heights in international cricket.

“The England Cricket Department needs to deliver performance at the highest level and our structure needs to be accountable for reaching the standards we aspire to,” said Harrison.

“The new role we are putting in place will deliver an environment where world class performance is at the heart of everything we do.”

Harrison was all praise for Downton who had taken over the role after England’s disastrous Ashes tour in February 2014.

While thanking Downton for his contributions to English cricket, Harrison expressed happiness at the progress shown by the national team particularly in the longer format of the game.

“Paul is a man of great integrity who has worked extremely hard to make a difference at the ECB.

“He joined at a very difficult time, but under his leadership the Test team have made significant strides.

“We thank him for his hard work, drive and determination and wish him every success for the future.”

According to the new format, the managing director position will be scrapped off and replaced by a new role termed as ‘Director of England Cricket’.

The Director of England Cricket will be responsible for the qualitative and quantitative review of the national team’s performances across all formats with a long-term approach for 2019 and beyond.

Harrison asserted that the England team present in West Indies for the Test series had been informed about the developments.

Harrison also stated that the new changes will be announced and made effective from the earliest possible date.

“The touring team in the West Indies are aware of the changes.

“The process for appointing the new role, with sole responsibility for the England set-up, will begin immediately.”

After the West Indies tour, England have a tough season at home as they are slated to host New Zealand and Australia.

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