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Seaxe_Man (IP Logged)
13 March, 2018 15:37
Reported in today's Telegraph Sport by Nick Hoult. Headline 'Whitaker removed as Head Selector ECB brings in selection shake-up.

Whitaker leaves his job at the end of March.

Salient points.

ECB to advertise for a replacement this week known as the National Selector.

This person will appoint a deputy. This person, will be, as his boss will be, independent.

That is to say that the can be no county jobs as no wearing two hats. This to ensure that there is no conflict of interest. A point of contention in the past.

This rules out current directors of cricket and or coaches.

This means that Angus Fraser and Mike Newell if they want a job in the new set-up, will have to stand down from their existing jobs.

Andrew Strauss has been looking at the current set-up since 2015. The Ashes defeat one assumes has sparked changes.

Fraser and Newell remain in place until the new set-up is active.

We await with interest the outcome.

Re: England selectors
Jonathan Winsky (IP Logged)
13 March, 2018 19:49
The BBC article on this says that the new system will consist of a chairman of selectors and at least 12 ‘discipline-specific scouts’. I assume this means that each scout will be assigned a region (e.g. north, south, east or west) and a discipline (e.g. batting, wicket-keeping, fast bowling, spin bowling etc.), and they will have responsibly to report on the performances of various players and the likelihood of certain players being suited to international cricket.

The rule that members of this team will no longer be allowed to combine their role with being employed by a county will increase the amount of jobs available in English cricket.

It is understandable why Angus Fraser gets accused of having a conflict of interest while being an England selector and Middlesex managing director of cricket. However, his tendency to attend day one of our County Championship matches and spend the other days watching other counties meant that he clearly gets lots of opportunities to watch a great deal of potential England players, which defeats any perception that the only players he ever sees are those playing for or against Middlesex. He certainly sees more county cricket than Trevor Bayliss, who sometimes comes across as not knowing a great deal about the players he coaches! If Gus has to choose between keeping his role with Middlesex or his role with England (assuming both organisations wish to keep him, otherwise there would be no decision for him to make), hopefully he will choose to remain with Middlesex, as I am not sure who else could perform the role he has at Middlesex.

We will have to see whether the changes will boost England’s performances, particularly when they play in the sub-continent or Australia. We will also have to see whether the changes will result in a wider range of players being called-up, as England are often accused of being more likely to recall tried and tested players than call-up an uncapped player. For example, it was a surprise when Gary Ballance and Nick Compton were recalled, and it was no surprise when their recalls ended up being short-lived.

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