After a lot of interviews and processes, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have gone on to appoint Chris Silverwood as the head coach of the England team. Silverwood who was earlier serving the English team as the bowling coach faced stern competitors in 2011 World Cup winning Indian head coach Gary Kirsten and former England cricketer Alec Stewart. However, Silverwood leapfrogged everyone to be name at the top of the helm.
Stewart had to pull out from the selection process due to some personal problems. Previously, former England head coach Trevor Bayliss had already announced that he would be stepping down from the position after the 2019 World Cup and Ashes. Silverwood would be taking over from the upcoming tour to New Zealand that comprises of five T20Is and 2 Test matches.
“We are delighted to confirm Chris as England Men’s Head Coach. We have gone through a thorough process and looked at all the options that were available to us. Chris was the standout candidate. I believe he is what we need to take our international teams forward.
He is somebody we know well, but it is his intimate understanding of our structures and systems and his close relationships with Test captain Joe Root and white-ball captain Eoin Morgan that will help us develop our plans for the next few years. He has performed exceptionally well during his role as an assistant coach and has the ultimate respect of the players’ that have worked with him,” quoted Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket Ashley Giles.
On his appointment, Silverwood mentioned that he is very excited for this new responsibility. He stated that there are some extremely talented players in the English circuit and there is a lot of potential to grow in this England side. Silverwood is hopeful of leaving a positive impact during the upcoming tours to New Zealand and South Africa.
“I am excited to get started and build teams’ that the whole game can be proud of. There is a tremendous amount of talent coming through, and there is enormous potential for growth. The hard work starts now, and I am confident we can make a positive impact during our winter tours of New Zealand and South Africa,” quoted Chris Silverwood.