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Andrew Strauss admits interest in England cricket director role

Andrew Strauss has admitted he would be interested in filling the ECB’s new role of cricket director.

Strauss, Alec Stewart and Michael Vaughan have been linked with the role, which the ECB will introduce following the departure of Paul Downton as the managing director earlier this week.

Vaughan revealed on Friday he spoke with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s chief executive, Tom Harrison, about various issues around the game.

While Stewart, the Surrey director of cricket, revealed he would be “silly not to listen” to the ECB if they inquired about his services.

Writing in the Sunday Times, Strauss said:

With more of a focus directly on the England team, the new role does seem more suitable for a recent ex-cricketer than the previous version.

“It is no surprise that the names of Michael Vaughan, Alec Stewart and myself have been thrown around. To anyone who is passionate about cricket in this country, the allure of such a job is undeniable."

"I am certainly interested in any role that might help English cricket move forward. The question, however, is: what exactly is the new job?"

“The devil is in the detail and until I know, alongside the other very good candidates, what the exact roles and responsibilities of the new job are, it is impossible to nail my colours to the mast.

“As Downton found out, wanting to help English cricket move forward, and actually being given the time and authority to do so are two very different things.”

Downton lost his job after a tumultuous 14-month reign. He took control in February 2014 but never recovered from his immediate and controversial decision to sack Kevin Pietersen.

The reappointment of Peter Moores as the head coach was designed to sweep a new broom through the ECB, but ultimately Downton paid the price for those two key decisions.

The new ECB chief executive, Tom Harrison, spearheaded Downton’s removal, while the incoming chairman, Colin Graves, has already mooted a potential Test return for the exiled Pietersen. Downton’s removal opens the door still further for the South Africa-born batsman, who will be back in county action with Surrey this season.

Source - The Guardian

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