England start coaching talks with Katich and Kirsten favorites for test role


he interview process for vacant men’s coaching positions in England begins today, led by chief executive Rob Key.

It is possible that a Test coach will be appointed by the end of this week, which would allow the successful candidate to influence the selection for the first Test against New Zealand. A squad for that match, which begins June 2, will be announced next week.

Key has expressed a strong preference for separating Test training and white-ball cricket due to England’s relentlessly demanding schedule.

Australians Simon Katich and Gary Kirsten are the main contenders for the Test position, but Graham Ford and Jason Gillespie are also in the game. Paul Collingwood remains the favorite for the white ball position.

The ECB finds the identification of a new president much more complicated. The Times reports that Ron Kalifa, the frontrunner for the job, has dropped out of the running.

Kalifa, a businessman and member of the ECB’s executive board, was initially in charge of the recruitment process to replace Ian Watmore, who resigned in October.

He recently stepped down from the appointments committee and became the favorite to take on the paid part-time role, but changed his mind, leaving the ECB severely out of options.

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