Daily Mail UK – LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – James Whitaker will leave his role as England’s chief national selector at the end of the month as part of a revamp of the team selection process, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Monday.

Summary

  • LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – James Whitaker will leave his role as England’s chief national selector at the end of the month as part of a revamp of the team selection process, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Monday.
  • Whitaker has been an England selector for 10 years and his departure is linked to the ECB’s introduction of a formalised scouting network to pick its test, Twenty20 and one-day sides.
  • The system includes a three-strong selection panel consisting of Whitaker’s replacement as national selector, a full-time independent England selector and the England head coach.
  • “The new approach will allow us to see more players throughout the county game, more often, and simplify the selection process,” England cricket director Andrew Strauss said in a statement.
  • The ECB aims to appoint Whitaker’s replacement by mid-May, when the squad for the home test series against Pakistan is named.


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