Sky Sports commentator Rob Key has confirmed that he is interested in becoming a cricket manager in England. England managing director of men’s cricket is still unaccounted for as Ashley Giles left the ECB after being sacked; Sir Andrew Strauss is in office temporarily; Rob Key has been part of the Sky Sports Cricket audition team since retiring in 2015.
Ashley Giles left the post after England thrashed the Ashes 4-0 with Sir Andrew Strauss who is currently out of action. Giles’ predecessor, Andrew Strauss, has returned to the job in an interim capacity and launched a high-performance assessment of the professional game last week. However, after stepping down to care for his two kids following the untimely loss of his wife, Ruth, in 2018, Strauss is not likely to return full-time.
Evening Standard reports that Key, who played 15 Tests, five ODIs and an international T20 in England between 2002 and 2009, is on the shortlist of candidates to be interviewed, including the former England Ed Smith and Durham cricket director Marcus North.
Commenting on England’s role when commenting on the third Test between Pakistan and Australia, former Kent captain Key with great frustration said: “There is a lot of speculation there, a lot of work could be done in English cricket.
“Few people have been asked, a few people will be looking for these jobs. The thing I have is you have to estimate how much golf you can get from doing some of it. For me, lifestyle is a big problem.”
The ECB announced the position for England managing director on March 14, with applications due on March 27. SRI Executive consultants are leading the recruiting process, and the job qualifications include that “international and/or first-class county playing experience” is “desired.”