Calcutta: Ashley Giles has been named as England’s limited-overs head coach as team director Andy Flower looks to reduce his role with the national team.
However, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) stressed that Flower will remain the team director and “continue to be responsible for the preparation and playing strategies for the England men’s cricket teams, supported by Ashley Giles”.
Giles is a former England international and was the Warwickshire Director of Cricket.
In a media statement issued on Wednesday, the ECB said: “The change in structure will provide a more efficient and sustainable use of coaching resources, ensuring that both coaches have an opportunity to prepare thoroughly for each series as well as interacting more regularly with other important areas of England cricket.”
“Andy Flower will have accountability for the results of England cricket and will continue to tour with the England Test side during both home and away series but will no longer be responsible for the day to day leadership of the England ODI and T20 sides,” the statement added.
Giles, as the ODI and T20 head coach, will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the England ODI and T20 teams, and will be accountable to Flower for the results of these teams.
According to ECB, Giles will report directly to the Flower.
The statement further added: “Both Flower and Giles will remain England selectors and they will use the time they have away from international cricket to not only prepare and plan for upcoming series but also establish close links with the first-class County directors of cricket and head coaches.”
Giles’ first assignment will be the tour of India and New Zealand, respectively, before turning his focus to the ICC Champions Trophy next summer.
England are currently playing a Test series in India, to be followed by the T20 series. They will return home briefly at the year end before returning to play the ODI series.
On his appointment, Giles said: “I am delighted to have been appointed England ODI and T20 head coach and to be given an opportunity to coach at international level.”