English board plans to curtail coach~~s power

Published: Tuesday, May 1, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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London:Apprehensive about new coach Peter Moores following in the footsteps of Duncan Fletcher, the England Cricket Board (ECB) has decided to curtail coach's powers in matters pertaining to the running of the team.

According to BBC Sport, acting on the recommendations of the Schofield report to be published next month, the governing body of cricket in England has decided to assume more control over the running of the team following the national side's disastrous Ashes tour last winter.

The Schofield report which is being prepared by a seven-man panel consisting of former England captain Nasser Hussain, former players Nick Knight, Angus Fraser, Hugh Morris, Mickey Stewart and Brian Rose and former European golf tour boss Ken Schofield, will review England's performances over the last four years, including the recent Ashes whitewash.

Apart from that the report will also look at how the selection committee works and how the coach reports to the ECB. It will also analyse the relationship between Team England and counties, looking in particular at the amount of county cricket played by centrally-contracted England players.

Meanwhile, if the recommendations are finally implemented by the ECB then an English coach from now onwards will no longer fulfil the triple role of team manager, chief selector and coach. In turn those roles will be split between the coach and other people.

ECB's recent decision to curtail coach's power came after alleged reports that Zimbabwe-born Duncan Fletcher ran English cricket team in a dictatorial manner for eight consecutive years.


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