London - Former England head coach Andy Flower was appointed to a new role
within the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) hierarchy on Monday
with officials announcing he'd become their technical director of elite
Flower resigned last month as coach of the national side
following the team's humiliating 5-0 Ashes series loss in Australia, a
reverse that also signalled the end of star batsman Kevin Pietersen's
But at the time of his departure from the
coaching role, English cricket chiefs made it clear they wanted Flower
to stay on in another capacity.
And in a statement issued Monday
the ECB said the new position would see Flower taking on a wide-ranging
role that would "incorporate working with the next generation of England
players and coaches as well as being charged with creating a leadership
programme for young England players".
Prior to the Ashes debacle,
the 45-year-old Flower -- appointed as England coach in 2009 -- oversaw
three Test series wins against Australia, including the 2010/11
campaign 'Down Under'.
Under Flower's guidance, England also won
the 2010 World Twenty20 title in the Caribbean and the following year
took the side to the top of the world Test rankings.
the recently-appointed ECB managing director, said: "The ECB is
delighted that we are able to retain a man of Andy Flower's experience
"His record over the last five years speaks for itself and the ECB and Andy are excited about the future."
England wicket-keeper Downton added: "Not only will Andy work with both
players and coaches but he will also look to enhance the relationship
between the county coaches and the England set-up."
will be based at the national cricket performance centre at Loughborough
University in the English Midlands, said: "I see this as a great
opportunity for me as I start a new phase of my career.
offers me a chance to make a real contribution to the ability and
character of England players and coaches in the years to come," the
former Zimbabwe batsman added.
England have yet to appoint a
full-time head coach in succession to Flower, with limited overs chief
Ashley Giles -- currently in charge of the side in the Caribbean for
one-day and Twenty20 series against the West Indies -- in pole position
to take over.
Earlier this month former South Africa batsman Gary
Kirsten, who'd enjoyed successful spells as coach of both the Proteas
and India, ruled himself out of the England job on family grounds.
England are looking for a head coach across all three major formats -- Test, one-day internationals and Twenty20s.
In December 2012 Flower ceded coaching control of England's one-day teams to former England spinner Giles.
when he resigned last month Flower said he'd come to believe a man in
his position needed to be "responsible across all formats".