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Mark Nicholas makes surprise tilt at England managing director’s role

Mark Nicholas has emerged as a surprise candidate for the role of England managing director of males’s cricket.

Nicholas, a former Hampshire captain and main cricket broadcaster, has utilized for the job. The profitable candidate can have a wide-ranging role main modifications within the English recreation and trying to remodel the Test aspect after an abject year in 2021.

While Nicholas, 64, is thought for his media career, he has different expertise that would depend in his favour. In 2005, Nicholas co-founded Chance to Shine, the charity that has been hailed for its work bringing cricket into state faculties. He can be the chairman of the Hundred aspect Southern Brave.

There seems to be an openness to think about these with a relative dearth of managerial or administrative expertise within the recreation if their concepts on the right way to fulfil the managing director role are compelling sufficient, and the struggles of Ashley Giles, who was sacked from the role in February, might also make England extra prepared to nominate somebody perceived as extra of an outsider.

The new managing director will likely be appointed round mid-April, and be charged with deciding on England’s new teaching group, in addition to being concerned within the restructuring of the home recreation. The deadline for candidates to use is at the moment.

Marcus North, the previous Australia Test batsman, who’s Durham’s director of cricket, seems to be the favorite, with Ed Smith, the previous England batsman and nationwide selector, one other robust contender.

Rob Key, the previous England batsman who’s a pundit for Sky Sports, has additionally utilized for the role. “There’s a lot of speculation around… there’s a lot of jobs up for grabs in English cricket,” Key mentioned this week. “A good few folks have been requested, a good few persons are going for these jobs.”

A lot of robust potential candidates have dominated themselves out of the role. As Telegraph Sport revealed this week, Mike Hesson, the previous New Zealand head coach who’s now director of cricket for Royal Challengers Bangalore, was requested to use however declined to take action. Alec Stewart, the previous England Test captain and present director of cricket at Surrey, was additionally approached and didn’t apply. 

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