ECB To Bring In New Coaching Chief With Aim Of Reducing Reliance On Overseas Talent
The England & Wales Cricket Board "is in the final stages of appointing a new coaching supremo to oversee the development of young players and cut the England team’s reliance on talent poached from other countries," according to Hoult & Bolton of the London TELEGRAPH. Richard Halsall, who was Andy Flower’s assistant coach with the England team until earlier this year, "has been shortlisted for the job alongside Chris Adams." The job "has been created as part of the reorganisation of the England academy at Loughborough after a review of its structure" by ECB Managing Dir Paul Downton. The successful candidate will be charged with producing a new coaching structure, touring program and strategy for cricketers up to the age of 19 as well as "rebuilding links with counties to improve the identification of the best home-grown talent" (TELEGRAPH, 9/1).