England national selector Whitaker steps down in European Central Bank shake-up

James Whitaker step down England national selector cricket

James Whitaker step down England national selector cricket

James Whitaker will leave his role as England's chief national selector at the end of the month as part of a revamp of the team selection process, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said yesterday.

"There are so many different people across the game who I will always be indebted to for their help and advice during the past decade, in particular; my co-selectors, Mick Newell and Angus Fraser for their integrity and honesty, the First Class Umpires and County Coaches whose knowledge and views are so important in shaping selection and identifying talent, and key people supporting the England team, Phil Neale, Guy Jackson, Medha Laud and John Carr".

This season will also see the introduction of a formalised scouting system with, according to an European Central Bank statement, "designated discipline-specific scouts, including the current European Central Bank national lead coaches" to provide informed opinion to the new selection panel.

As for the ECB's shake-up, a new national selector will be appointed and will serve on a three-member selection panel that will include the national team's head coach and a full-time independent England selector.

Director of England Cricket Andrew Strauss said: "I want to express my personal gratitude to James, as well as the heartfelt thanks of the European Central Bank, for his hard work and dedication over a number of years".

We will have a greater body of information, deeper insight into the talent we can pick and a better understanding of who to help develop across the red-ball and white-ball games.

The ECB aims to appoint Whitaker's replacement by mid-May, when the squad for the home test series against Pakistan is named.

The existing system has been heavily criticised in the past. They are free to apply for either new job but if successful, would have to stand down from their roles at Nottinghamshire and Middlesex.

During his time as selector and national selector, Whitaker has overseen four Ashes series wins and England's first global ICC trophy, the 2010 Twenty20 World Cup.

However, there have been a number of low moments, including a second successive miserable Ashes campaign Down Under while England have lost nine of their most recent 11 Tests overseas.

"It has been an enormous privilege and an honour for me to have been an England selector for the last ten years", he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.