LONDON: The national selector of England’s men’s cricket team was removed on Tuesday as part of a restructuring that made the role redundant after more than a century. Ed Smith is leaving at the end of April after about three years in the role, the England and Wales Cricket Board said.
Overall responsibility for future squad selections will fall on Chris Silverwood, the team’s head coach. Silverwood will work with the teams’ respective captains, Joe Root (test) and Eoin Morgan (ODIs and Twenty20s).
The current process of selecting England teams has been in place for over 120 years,” said Ashley Giles, managing director of the England team. “Even though this system has its merits, with advances in technology and a greater information-gathering resource at our disposal than ever before, the restructure is in the best interests of helping England mens teams be successful.
The new structure also makes lines of accountability much clearer, with Chris Silverwood, as head coach, taking ultimate responsibility for picking England senior mens squads.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals all rounder Liam Livingstone has flown back home to England due to bio bubble fatigue, the franchise announced on Tuesday. Livingstone left the team on Monday, following their match against Chennai Super Kings. “Liam Livingstone has flown back home late last night, due to bubble fatigue accumulated over the past year. We understand and respect his decision, and will continue supporting him in any way we can,” the franchise said in a tweet.
The development further thins down Royals’ overseas options. They had lost Ben Stokes to a finger injury after their first game of the season. They are also without Jofra Archer for at least the initial phase of the tournament. Archer had undergone surgery on his hand and is back to training in England.