The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Tuesday announced a restructure of its selection system for men’s international teams. As part of the restructuring, Ed Smith, who was appointed as National Selector in 2018, will part ways with the board at the end of this month.
For the past three cricketing seasons, the Three Lions have enjoyed success across all formats, including becoming ICC 50-Over Men’s World Champions for the first time in 2019. They are also currently the no. 1 ranked team in Test cricket as well as One Day Internationals.
As per the new structure, which is developed by ECB Managing Director Ashley Giles, Head Coach, Chris Silverwood, will have the overall responsibility for future squad selections while Joe Root, Test captain and Eoin Morgan, white-ball skipper, will continue to work together on selecting the final playing eleven.
Giles, in an official statement, thanked Ed Smith for his contribution to the England men’s teams over the past three years. He added that the new system will provide intelligence from performance analysis, talent ID, scouting, medical and sports science. Moreover, England Selector, James Taylor, will see his job title change to head scout.
“I would like to personally thank Ed for his contribution to the England men’s teams over the past three years. Ed’s input has helped deliver successes for all our England Teams, and he has worked with commitment and professionalism throughout his time as National Selector. I wish him well in his future endeavours,” said Giles.
“The new structure also makes lines of accountability much clearer, with Chris Silverwood, as Head Coach, taking ultimate responsibility for picking England senior men’s squads,” he added.