ECB selection panel December 16, 2007

Gooch pulls out of selector race

Cricinfo staff



Graham Gooch: 'I do feel that whoever does the job will have to devote themselves fully to it, to the exclusion of other interests' © Getty Images

Graham Gooch has pulled out of contention for the role as England's new national selector, saying the commitment wouldn't allow him to maintain his other interests and also raising concerns over where the final selection decisions would lie.

Gooch had been the biggest name linked to the position, but said after weighing up all his options he decided it isn't a job for him.

"The job is very appealing for someone like me who has a big interest in English cricket and a strong desire to see us succeed at international level," he told the Mail On Sunday. "Initially I was interested but, after weighing up all the options, I do feel that whoever does the job will have to devote themselves fully to it, to the exclusion of other interests. Mainly on that basis I'm ruling myself out.

"If I were to be appointed there is no way I could continue with the coaching work I do at Essex," he added. "I feel I've been able to help in the development of Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara on their road to the England team and that has given me great satisfaction. The other issue is that it seemed unclear to me who would actually have the final say over selection."

David Graveney, the current chairman of selectors, is having to reapply for the role, but the ECB job description says that international playing experience is "desirable although not essential."

Chris Adams, the Sussex captain and former England batsman, is reportedly interested in the role. The closing date for applications is December 17, with interviews taking place early next year. The new selection panel, which will also include two part-time members, will take up position at the start of the 2008 English season.

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