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

Modesto Morganelli
Marzo 13, 2018

Criticism of the selectors after the 4-0 Ashes humbling defeat has not been the driver of this change according to the European Central Bank, but there have been a number of confusing selections in recent times. England will slim down their selection panel from four to three. Alongside a new national selector, there will be one other independent full-time selector, as well as the England head coach. They are free to apply for either new job but if successful, would have to stand down from their roles at Nottinghamshire and Middlesex.

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".

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.

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. A formalised scouting network will help us to be more aware of players' strengths and, as they will be seen more often by more people, they will have a greater opportunity to impress.

The England selector will report into the national selector, who has overall responsibility for selection for all England men's senior squads along with the Lions programme and U19 squads. Clearly, we are looking for a person who is an excellent judge of talent and character and has experience in both talent Identification and the worldwide game.

On Whitaker's departure, he added: "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. The past year has been exceptionally busy for all the men's teams and this decision is not related to results".

"It has been an huge privilege and an honour for me to have been an England selector for the last ten years", he said.

Whitaker has spent five years in the position, aided by Angus Fraser and Mick Newell, and a decade as selector, during which time England have claimed four Ashes series wins as well as landing their first global trophy at the 2010 ICC World Twenty20.

"I have been involved for a decade now and it feels that the time is right, with this new approach, for me to move on".

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