England coach Chris Silverwood is set to have overall responsibility for future squad selections with national selector Ed Smith leaving as part of the new changes revealed by the ECB.
ECB managing director Ashley Giles has restructured the way players will be selected for the men’s international teams, moving away from the system that has been used for more than 120 years.
In an announcement yesterday, it was revealed that there will no longer be a national selector, meaning Smith will leave his role at the end of the month, with Silverwood instead given “clear accountability” and “overall responsibility” for future selection.
He will continue to work with Test captain Joe Root and white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan when making final XI decisions.
A “resource that will provide intelligence from performance analysis, talent ID, scouting, medical and sports science” will support the new structure.
England Men’s performance director Mo Babat and James Taylor – whose role will shift from England selector to head scout – will also contribute alongside coaches involved in the process.
The changes will see Smith leaves his role after three years – a period that has brought us a lot of joy, not least via the ICC World Cup victory in 2019.
Gilo thanked him for “his contribution to the England men’s teams over the past three years”.
He added: “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.
“The current process of selecting England teams has been in place for over 120 years. Even though this system has its merits, with advances in technology and a greater information-gathering resource at our disposal than ever before, the restructure is in the best interests of helping England men’s teams be successful.
“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.”
Smith described his three years as England selector as “a huge privilege”.
He continued: “I’ve been very lucky to work with James Taylor, and I’m delighted that he will remain part of the new structure. My thanks to the dedicated team of scouts and to all the coaches, data analysts, medics and members of the ECB Pathway, who are available every day of the year at all hours to help England’s decision-makers.
“England’s two captains, Joe and Eoin, have already completed remarkable achievements in an England shirt. England has two men dedicated to playing cricket in a way that makes the country proud. The role of National Selector has been enjoyable and rewarding, and that is significantly due to my interaction with all of the England players.
“At such a high point for England cricket, I wish Ashley Giles, the coaches and all support staff good fortune over the coming months. I know how hard Ashley and his team work for England cricket. In particular, I’d like to wish Chris Silverwood good luck and every success going forward.”
It seems these changes will mean full power is in Silverwood’s hands ahead of what looks a very busy and exciting year for the England’s men.
A full and action-packed home summer schedule will be followed by the ICC T20 World Cup in India in the autumn before Rooty’s men travel down under for the Ashes. The next 10 months or so will be exciting, that’s for sure!