The 45-year-old, who will leave his post as sports director at Warwickshire County Cricket Club, will officially take up the position in January ahead of the England tour of West Indies. He will come in as a replacement for Strauss who stepped down from the role in October to support his wife during her battle with cancer.
“I am delighted to be joining the ECB and shaping the future of England cricket throughout the men’s game," said Giles.
“I am very grateful for the opportunity and excited about working with some talented people. The legacy left by Andrew Strauss has put the performance programme in a stable place. It is fundamental that I facilitate the great work currently being carried out, meet our objectives and help our sport achieve great things in the coming years both domestically and internationally.
“I believe it is important for the game to have a strong international set-up, which is showing great promise in what will be a significant year for our red and white ball teams leading into the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup this summer and the Ashes. The next 12 months could transform the game like no other time in recent memory.”
Giles, who picked up close to 200 wickets during his 10-year international career, will be responsible for the long-term strategy of the England men’s cricket teams and the performance pathways leading into the international teams. The former left-arm spinner will also be accountable for developing the right coaching and management structure to support it.
He played for Warwickshire for 13 years and then served as the director of cricket, leading them to the championship title in 2012. Giles also worked as a national team selector from 2008 to 2014.
Commenting on the appointment, ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said: “We were fortunate throughout this process to interview some of the most talented and respected people in the game.
“Ashley was the standout candidate amongst a very strong field. He will bring a fresh perspective to the role and build on the excellent work carried out by Andrew Strauss over the past three and a half years.
“He has a tremendous passion for England cricket, extensive knowledge of our county game, and a wealth of experience from playing at the highest level to becoming a respected leader in the sport.
“He will lead the England men’s teams forward in what is a pivotal year with an ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and the Specsavers Ashes Series, both on home soil. This is a key appointment and we are excited about Ashley’s arrival.”
First Published: December 14, 2018, 10:09 PM IST