England news October 1, 2013

Strauss 'pulls out' of managing director running

ESPNcricinfo staff

Andrew Strauss, the former England captain, has withdrawn from the running to replace Hugh Morris as the ECB's managing director of England cricket, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Strauss, who retired from professional cricket last year, had been considered a perfect fit for the role but it is now believed that he has asked not to be considered for the six-man shortlist. The ECB is expected to begin interviewing candidates this month.

Having shadowed Morris during the summer, Strauss said that he was "looking into" applying for the post. He would have had to give up lucrative media work and sidelines as a "brand ambassador" and corporate speaker, however; there was also the possibility of friction with his former team-mate Kevin Pietersen, whose behaviour last summer Strauss has criticised in his autobiography, to be published next week.

Appointing Strauss to the position would also have seen England's team director, Andy Flower, reporting to the man who worked alongside him as captain for almost four years.

Other suggested candidates to succeed Morris include another former England captain in Nasser Hussain - who has recently signed a new contract with Sky Sports - Angus Fraser, currently Middlesex's director of cricket, and Clare Connor, the head of England women's cricket.

Another issue for the ECB to address in the coming weeks is the negotiation of new central contracts for England's players. The contracts awarded last year expired on September 30 but the board and the Professional Cricketers' Association are continuing to discuss the issue and hope to have it resolved before the squad fly out for the Ashes on October 23.

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  • Android on October 6, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Nasser has impressed me with his knowledge and views of how the game is run and the direction it should be taking. His experience as a former England captain must also be greatly valued. He's a top class commentator and deep thinker about the issues affecting all versions of the game, perfectly suited to be a candidate for this important position. Straussy also shares so many of these attributes and if the job is not quite right for him now then hopefully it will be in the future. Angus Fraser is doing a wonderful job at Middlesex and as a journalist and would also seem to be a strong candidate.

  • ian on October 2, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    @Sam Carr: OK. You think Gus. Now tell us why? (and it had better not be because Gus is a man & Clare Connor is a woman!)

  • Dummy4 on October 2, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    Nasser, Gus or a lass! Blimey, looks like it will be Gus then!

  • Michael on October 2, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    It has got to be more fun to be a commentator than being a bureaucrat. I find his commentary okay,quite personable really.

  • Vaseem on October 2, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    I'm sorry...but, depite her many admirable qualities, Clare connor cannot be a serious contender. This is not a question of equal opportunities...or sexism, but she simply does not have the relevant qualifications from a technical perspective. In my opinion, anyone who runs any cricket organisation (especially in a cricketing role) should have at least played proper first class cricket at a minimum to have any credibility. And I'm afraid women's cricket is not even sunday club standard. BTW, I have the same views on all the unqualified men who have been running cricket for so long - look at the damage too many lawyers and accountants have done to the ICC (and many cricket boards, not least the PCB). And this is a director of cricket role. Andi don't think Strauss is yet qualified - he only retired from playing a year ago!

  • Nicholas on October 2, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Excellent decision. ECB need someone more imaginative and unorthodox into the panel asap to ensure England change boring, stubborn tactics and at least start trying to compete for the number one spots in rankings.

  • Rayner on October 2, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Perfect match, but maybe in a few years. Balanced as ever in his decision here Straussy. Look forward to him continuing in the commentary box though.

  • ian on October 1, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    Thiis is an excellent moment to give Clare Connor the most serious consideration for the role of the ECB's MD. CC has achieved an enormous amount in charge of England's women cricketers, raising its profile again & again. She is, moreover, an excellent ambassador for the game generally, besides the English women's game. Her appointment would be utterly disarming for some men who would be her counterparts round the world. The signal that her appointment would send out to the rest of the cricketing world would speak volumes: English cricket has moved on; it is no longer a male preserve, even at its highest echelons. This may well rub off onto some of the other countries where women are, frankly, regarded as second class citizens & therefore automatically not even considered for the top positions in most fields of human activity. Her app'tment would be ground-breaking & the moment should, I think, be seized with alacrity. Strauss is bang on in his assessment of his current position, BTW.

  • Mark on October 1, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Bad news for Middlesex if Gus Fraser goes. He has brought Middlesex up from the wooden spoon to Championship contenders in just 3 years.

  • David on October 1, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    He's too close to the current squad and management. Gus is an interesting choice - tough, respected but also capable of being anonymous, pretty much like Hugh Morris.

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