London - Michael Vaughan has indicated he would be interested in taking on
the newly created post of director of England cricket, provided he could
have a significant influence.
The England and Wales Cricket Board
announced the new position on Wednesday as Paul Downton lost his job as
their managing director of cricket, with his current post also scrapped.
Vaughan, England's 2005 Ashes-winning captain, was
immediately linked with the new role, with the recently installed ECB
chief executive Tom Harrison eager to have Downton's successor
concentrate solely on cricket performance rather than administration.
has led to the names of several former England captains being touted
for the job, with Vaughan, Andrew Strauss, Nasser Hussain and Alec
Stewart, currently Surrey's director of cricket, all being mentioned.
were Vaughan to take up the job he would have to put on hold his
successful career as a media pundit and in his column for Thursday's
Daily Telegraph he said he would need to know more about the ECB's
"It will take honesty and unity to make a change. In
(incoming ECB chairperson) Colin Graves and Tom Harrison we have a chance
to change English cricket and admit our problems," Vaughan wrote.
us finally do it. Stop looking at what your own county needs and ask
what is best for English cricket moving forward and what is right for
the England team to sustain a proper period of success.
first time since retiring six years ago I am open to a conversation with
the ECB. I am passionate about English cricket. I love the game and I
always want England to move forward and be successful.
"I have a
vision for the game and I think I will be one of many ex-players who
will be more than willing to talk to the ECB to see what exactly the
role is and how much influence it will wield over the future structure
of our game.
"The brief has to be wider and more powerful than Paul's to have any real impact on England."
England wicketkeeper Downton's 15 months at the ECB saw him play a key
role in the highly controversial decision to axe star batsman Kevin
Pietersen from the national set-up after England's 2013/14 Ashes
whitewash in Australia.
Downton's watch also coincided with
England's woeful performance in the recent World Cup in Australia and
New Zealand, where the team exited before the knockout phase.
led to renewed criticism of England coach Peter Moores, controversially
brought back for a second stint in charge of the national side with
Downton hailing him as the "coach of his generation".
spotlight is on both Moores and national selector James Whitaker ahead
of England's Test series in the West Indies, which starts in Antigua