The English Cricket Board (ECB) had been considering big changes to the country’s national cricket team after England’s devastating setback on its tour of India.
The ECB has removed England’s selector, Ed Smith, in a recent cricket shakeup. Smith, who had been the national cricket team’s selector for three years, has been replaced by the team’s head coach for all three formats. Chris Silverwood is expected to take over as chief selector for all formats.
The men in blue’s managing director, Ashley Giles, issued a statement on Tuesday confirming the news. He went on to say that “appropriate and substantial accountability” was required. He also made it plain that there would be no compromises on responsibility, and they are following the same procedure for selecting a selection panel that was established 120 years ago.
As a result, Smith’s deputy, James Taylor, has been promoted to head scout and will report to Silverwood, who has been given “ultimate responsibility for prospective squad choices” and will continue to choose sides on matchdays alongside England’s two captains, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan.
These crucial decisions were made following the English Cricket Team’s humbling defeat on Indian soil in March. In front of their home crowd, England’s national cricket team was defeated 3-1 by Virat Kohli’s team.
Following the defeat, there were allegations that the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) had cheated the team by altering factors such as the pitch to favor them. The underlying reason for this inequity was India’s desire to qualify for the final of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) inaugural Test Championship, which would be held in Southampton, England, in June of this year. Several cricketing luminaries from around the world have also spoken out about the importance of this issue and India’s unfairness. Whatever the reasons, Ed Smith became the scapegoat because he was the one who had to pay the price.
Even before the removal, there were rumors and speculations that the English Cricket Board, including the two national team captains, Eoin Morgan and Joe Root, had major and irreconcilable issues with the national selector, Ed Smith.
Ed Smith was a well-known figure in the United Kingdom as a former professional cricketer and a well-known commentator who also established himself as a major novelist and journalist.
Smith was named as a selector for the national cricket squad in the spring of 2018. During his tenure, the English team became global champions by winning the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time in 2019 following a nail-biting match against the Kiwis. During his time in charge, the men in blue climbed to the top of the ICC t20 rankings and to fourth place in test cricket.