Shortly after appearing as a guest speaker at an Herefordshire Cricket Society Event, Ashley Giles was appointed Managing Director of men’s cricket, replacing Andrew Strauss who stepped down in October.
Giles, will be responsible for the long-term strategy of the England men’s cricket teams and the performance pathways leading into the various international teams. He will also be responsible for developing the right coaching and management structure to support it.
Giles was forced into retirement by injury in 2007 but quickly became a coach, first at Warwickshire and on 28 November 2012 the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed Ashley Giles would become England's limited overs Head Coach taking charge of the Twenty20 and One Day International teams. Since his departure from this role, Giles returned to Warwickshire as Sport Director and he has led the transition of the men’s playing squad, which has included the recruitment of several talented young cricketers and the graduation of a number of young players from the Academy to the senior ranks. The men’s team also reached the final of the Blast in 2017 and returned to Division One of the Specsavers County Championship at the first attempt by being crowned champions of Division Two in September.
Commenting on the appointment, Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, said:
“We were fortunate throughout this process to interview some of the most talented and respected people in the game.
“Ashley was the standout candidate amongst a very strong field. He will bring a fresh perspective to the role and build on the excellent work carried out by Andrew Strauss over the past three and a half years. He has a tremendous passion for England cricket, extensive knowledge of our county game, and a wealth of experience from playing at the highest level to becoming a respected leader in the sport.
“He will lead the England men’s teams forward in what is a pivotal year with an ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and the Specsavers Ashes Series, both on home soil. This is a key appointment and we are excited about Ashley’s arrival.”
Speaking of his appointment, Ashley Giles said:
“I am delighted to be joining the ECB and shaping the future of England cricket throughout the men’s game.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity and excited about working with some talented people. The legacy left by Andrew Strauss has put the performance programme in a stable place. It is fundamental that I facilitate the great work currently being carried out, meet our objectives and help our sport achieve great things in the coming years both domestically and internationally.
“I believe it is important for the game to have a strong international setup, which is showing great promise in what will be a significant year for our red and white ball teams leading into the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup this summer and The Ashes. The next 12 months could transform the game like no other time in recent memory.”
“Finally, I would like thank Warwickshire County Cricket Club and in particular Chairman, Norman Gascoigne, and Chief Executive, Neil Snowball, for their guidance and support during my time at Edgbaston.”
Giles will officially start in January ahead of England’s tour of the Caribbean.
We at the Herefordshire Cricket Society wish Ashley the best of luck in his new role and hope that he might have some time in his busy schedule to visit us again!!