England’s Managing Director Ashley Giles has stepped down from his position following his team’s debatable loss in the recently-concluded Ashes series. The side lost 4-0 and were completely outplayed by Australia. In the process, several loopholes in the Test team were exposed. Giles will be replaced on an interim basis by Andrew Strauss while the board searches to find a full-time replacement.
Many former England cricketers including Michael Vaughan has backed Strauss to replace Giles on a full-time basis. Incidentally, Giles replaced Strauss in this position back in 2018.
I Am Proud Of What I Have Been Able To Deliver: Ashley Giles
“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. This has undoubtedly protected the future of the game in England and Wales” Giles said.
“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.”
England and Wales Cricket Board CEO Tom Harrison has thanked Ashley Giles for his service in the last three years. He respected his commitment and contribution towards England cricket.
“I’m extremely grateful to Ashley for his commitment and contribution to England men’s cricket over the last three years. 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” ECB CEO Tom Harrison said on Wednesday (February 2).
England coach and captain Chris Silverwood and Joe Root have been put under the scanner for their team’s performance in the Ashes series.