Tamil Diplomat

Peter Moores leaves, Andrew Strauss is new director of England team

Andrew Strauss was appointed England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of cricket even as Peter Moores, the coach of the national team under whom England have had a dismal summer, “left his role” on Saturday (May 9).Moores’s resignation followed private conversations with Tom Harrison, chief executive of the ECB, and Strauss, according to a statement from the board.

“Peter is a man of great integrity and has offered a huge amount to England cricket,” said Harrison afterwards. “He is admired by the players, his colleagues at the ECB and right across the game and deserves both our deep thanks and the widest recognition for his commitment and contribution.”The last year has been a period of transition and rebuilding in which Peter has nurtured new talent, developed new players and laid the foundations for the new coaching structure to build on. This decision has been made as we focus on the future and our need to build the right approach and deliver success over the next five years within a new performance structure.”

Moores’s second stint in charge lasted barely a year since he was brought back in 2014 following England’s 5-0 Ashes defeat in Australia, which led to Andy Flower stepping down. Under Moores, England were knocked out of the 2015 World Cup early and then failed to beat West Indies in a three-Test series recently