England axe managing director Ashely Giles after Ashes debacle

Former England cricketer Ashely Giles has stepped down from his post as managing director of England men’s cricket following an England and Wales Cricket board (ECB) meeting to review the team’s performance in the recently concluded Ashes Test series.

After stepping down, Giles will be now replaced on an interim basis by Andrew Strauss.

The structural changes comes in the wake of England’s dismal performance in the recently-concluded Ashes where the Joe Root-led side suffered a humiliatuing 0-4 defeat by the hands of Australia. Meanwhile, England head coach Chris Silverwood’s position too is under scrutiny and a decision on his continuity is yet to be taken.

Commenting on the development, Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, said: “I’m extremely grateful to Ashley for his commitment and contribution to England men’s cricket over the last three years. Under his leadership the teams have scored some notable results, most memorably the dramatic victory in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, while dealing with some of the most challenging times English cricket has ever been through.”

“He’s highly respected throughout the game and has made a huge contribution to the ECB and England Men’s cricket. Off the back of a disappointing men’s Ashes this winter we must ensure we put in place the conditions across our game to enable our Test team to succeed,” he added.

On the other hand, Giles said: “I’d like to thank everyone for the support they’ve given me, particularly all the staff and the players, as well as the Board for giving me this opportunity. The past couple of years have been incredibly challenging and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to deliver in the toughest of circumstances. This has undoubtedly protected the future of the game in England and Wales.”

“Despite these challenges, over the past three years, we have become 50-over World Champions, the top ranked T20I side in the world, we remain 4th ranked Test team and our under 19s have just reached the World Cup final for the first time in 24 years. I wish all our players and staff great success for the future. I’m now looking forward to spending some time with my family before looking at the next challenge,” he added.

Ashley is leaving after three years in the role during which England Men became 50-over World Champions and are currently ranked the world’s best T20I side, 2nd in ODIs and 4th for Tests.

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