The England Cricket Board have scrapped the position of the national selector and going forward it will be the head coach Chris Silverwood who’ll be selecting the England men’s squad. This would also mean that current selector Ed Smith will vacate his post at the end of April.
The decision to give the selection authority to Chris Silverwood was taken by Ashley Giles, the managing director of England’s men cricket. It was done to provide greater accountability to Silverwood. Previously, Smith, who was appointed by the then managing director Andrew Strauss in early 2018, was the head of the selection panel while Silverwood and James Taylor were the other two selectors.
Under the new structure, there will be no such panel and only Silverwood will be solely responsible for the selection.
“I would like to personally thank Ed for his contribution to the England men’s teams over the past three years,” Giles said in a statement. “The current process of selecting England teams has been in place for over 120 years. 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 men’s 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 men’s squads.”