Luke Wright set to be named new England national manager

According to a report by The Times, Luke Wright is set to become England’s new national manager this week. The report further states that the cricketer will officially retire from Sussex following the announcement and there is a good chance he will start his tenure next year.

English cricket always opts for changes whenever it sees fit for the development of the team. Former cricket manager. Ashley Giles had abolished the role of national manager earlier and Chris Silverwood was given responsibility for team selection as well as team coaching. However, Rob Key took over from Giles in April this year and the former reinstated the role by inviting applications for the position in September.

According to a report from The Times, Luke Wright will be the new England national manager and the announcement will be made this week. Alec Stewart was seen as the favorite for the job, but he stepped down to continue working with Surrey as manager of cricket. Wright has experience in over 100 white ball matches as a member of the team that won the T20 World Cup in 2010. Wright gained experience coaching Auckland in New Zealand. He was also part of the New Zealand coaching staff over the summer.

“Former England and Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright will be announced this week as the new ECB men’s national coach,” reads a report from The Times. “The role was abolished by former director of cricket, Ashley Giles, who handed selection responsibility to then-head coach Chris Silverwood. But Rob Key, who took over from Giles in April , decided to reinstate the role and announced the position in September.”

Wright will now officially retire from Sussex to take on the new role and the report also says he will likely start his term in the new year. England will have three teams to select for tours of South Africa, New Zealand and Bangladesh where Wright will play a key role in the selection process.

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