London - Hugh Morris on Monday confirmed he is set to leave his position as
the England and Wales Cricket Board's managing director of cricket later
Morris took the role in the aftermath of England's 5-0
Test defeat in Australia in 2006-07 and has overseen three consecutive
Ashes wins, culminating in the 3-0 rout of Michael Clarke's team that
ended with a dramatic drawn fifth Test at The Oval on Sunday.
has accepted the combined position of chief executive and director of
cricket with Glamorgan, the county he captained as a player, but it is
understood he will remain with the ECB until the conclusion of the Ashes
rematch in Australia later this year.
Former England captain
Andrew Strauss, who retired last year, has been mooted as possible
replacement after working for Sky television this summer.
very grateful to the committee of Glamorgan for providing me with this
opportunity and a new and exciting challenge at this stage of my career.
I am grateful to the ECB and England cricket for their support in the
last 16 years," Morris said.
"I really enjoyed my time as a player
with Glamorgan and now my task, which I will take on with relish, is to
work with everyone at the club to increase our talent pool -
particularly from Wales."
England coach Andy Flower is another
candidate to replace Morris after reports he wanted to step down from
his current position due the strain on his family life.
about possibly replacing Morris at a series review news conference,
Flower was keen to stress his focus remains on cricket.
worked with the ECB for 16 years and is very much a part of the reason
for some of the success English cricket has had," Flower said.
is an excellent man and will be sorely missed by the playing group and
certainly by me, who works closely with him. His post will need to be
filled by a man of equal calibre."
Asked if he could be that man,
he said: "I don't look too far ahead with regard to my own personal
situation and now have the challenge of an away Ashes."