Andy Flower leaves England cricket after 12 years of service

Flower described his time at the ECB as "a real privilege".

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Andy Flower has left the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after 12 years of service, which saw him playing numerous roles.

The former Zimbabwe batsman, who was appointed England assistant coach to Peter Moores in 2007, took over as head coach two years later and then switched to working with the Young Lions in 2014.

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During his stint as chief coach, England climbed to the No.1 spot in ICC Test rankings. The three lions also secured their maiden ICC trophy under him by winning the 2010 World Twenty20. They also clinched the Ashes down under in 2010-11 and won a Test series on Indian soil in 2012-13.

"It's been a real privilege," Flower said. "The Ashes victory in 2010-11 stands out. It's difficult to win in Australia and to do it so comprehensively was a really proud moment in my coaching career.

"It was wonderful to watch those young men take on that challenge successfully and have a great time doing it.

"The win in India in 2012-13 was a highlight too, to overcome some great players in tough spinning conditions was a special victory.

"So was the T20 World Cup win in 2010. The way we played our cricket, with such freedom and aggression, really was fun to be part of."

Flower is now looking to take some time off from the game.

"I haven't had a sustained break for quite a long time," he said.

Flower also backed England’s newly appointed head coach Chris Silverwood to do well.

"I'm really happy for Chris that he's getting the chance to lead England and I think he's going to do a great job," he said. "I also want to wish Mo Bobat, the new performance director, all the best in his new role."

(Inputs from Associated Press)


By Salman Anjum - 12 Oct, 2019

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