The ECB has appointed Rob Key as Managing Director

England Cricket: ECB Appoints Rob Key as Managing Director Rob Key has been confirmed as the new managing director of England men’s cricket today. Following a rigorous recruitment process, the former England international will take on the role immediately. Key will leave his current role with Sky Sports. Follow England cricket updates on InsideSport.IN

What will be responsible for the strategy behind the England men’s cricket teams and the way to lead them. He will play a key role as part of the High Performance Review, which will begin shortly.

England Cricket: End of speculation, Rob Key takes over as managing director of England cricket, replacing interim chief Andrew Strauss

England Cricket: The ECB has appointed Rob Key as its managing director
England Cricket: The ECB has appointed Rob Key as its managing director

Prior to the appointment, Sir Andrew Strauss took over on an interim basis three years after Ashley Giles’ departure in February.

A former England cricketer and captain of Kent, a highly respected figure in key sports. He played for England 21 times in all three formats, including a Test double century against the West Indies at Lord’s in 2004, and was selected as one of the Wisden cricketers in 2005.

Key has scored 28,000 runs, including 60 centuries, in his three-decade (1998-2015) playing career. He captained Kent twice from 2006-2012 and then 2014-15. While captain, the team won the county championship second division title in 2010 and reached the domestic final with three white balls. He was also part of the England team that won the first and only Under-19 World Cup in 1998.

England Cricket: End of speculation, Rob Key takes over as managing director of England cricket, replacing interim chief Andrew Strauss

After announcing his retirement in 2016, Key became a successful Sky Sports commentator as well as writing regular columns for Evening Standard. He has been involved in the administrative part of the game and has previously sat on the ECB’s Performance Cricket Committee.

Rob Key said: “It is an honor to take on this role. The opportunity to make an impact and make a difference has been given to very few people and I will give what I have to shape the next great era of English men’s cricket.

“I absolutely loved my time at Sky and could not have imagined leaving without this incredible opportunity. I would like to personally thank Brian Henderson and everyone on the team for their help and support.

England Cricket: End of speculation, Rob Key takes over as managing director of England cricket, replacing interim chief Andrew Strauss

“Even though it was a challenging time in English cricket at the moment, I think it was an exciting time for me to remember. With our two teams nearing or at the top of the world rankings and the undoubted talent in our game, I hope we will try to bring everyone together for the ride so that we can all help take English men’s cricket to new heights in all formats. “

Tom Harrison, ECB CEO says: “Following a thorough recruitment process, Robb stood out in a very competitive field. His passion and knowledge of playing at home and international level is outstanding. He will bring a lot to the role and I am sure the players and staff will enjoy working with Rob in the same way. I have no doubt that he will enjoy the challenge before us. “

“I would like to thank Andrew for agreeing to return to the role on an interim basis. Her experience and skills during the transfer and recruitment process were invaluable. He is a huge asset to English and Welsh cricket.

England Cricket: End of speculation, Rob Key takes over as managing director of England cricket, replacing interim chief Andrew Strauss

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