England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has appointed former skipper Andrew Strauss as the chairman of the cricket committee. He will drive the development of the game at all levels in England as part of his new role.
Andrew Strauss has been one of the greatest servants of England Cricket. He led his country to two Ashes wins, as well as the number one Test ranking, in his 50 Tests as captain. The 42-year-old scored 7,037 runs at an average of 40.91 in 100 England Tests.s
Post-retirement, the opening batsman has also worked as the Director of Cricket for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Andrew Strauss left the role last year to support his wife Ruth who was being treated for terminal cancer and went on to launch a foundation in her name. Another former cricketer Ashley Giles replaced Strauss in that role.
The former left-handed batsman, who recently received Knighthood, has now taken over the role to develop the game at all levels in England. Strauss sounded emotional while speaking on the same and thanked ECB for standing by him during this difficult phase of his life.
“The ECB have been a vital source of support over an extremely difficult year,” Strauss said to BBC. “It’s a real pleasure to return… I’m extremely passionate about developing and growing cricket in England and Wales,” he added.
England won their maiden World Cup in July when they defeated New Zealand by Super Over boundary Count at the Lord’s in London. Andrew Strauss is keen to build on the success and prepare for the next premier tournament in four years time.
“I’ve seen first-hand how this summer of cricket has inspired more people to fall in love with the sport and I can’t wait to help build on its success,” Strauss concluded.