Former England captain Sir Andrew Strauss says he wouldn't at all be surprised if Zimbabwe great Andy Flower earns a high-profile coaching role in the near future and comes back to the set-up in the country.
Flower was the head coach when under Strauss' captaincy England historically won the Ashes 2010-11 in Australia.
The 51-year-old brought an end to his 12-year-long coaching stint in English cricket last month where he also guided the England Lions team.
"Andy was by far the best coach I ever worked with, a great man and had incredible success with the England cricket team," Strauss told the PA news agency.
"We certainly haven't seen the end of Andy Flower yet. I would not be at all surprised if we saw him in a high-profile coaching role again."
"Maybe not with the ECB, but in the English game somewhere. I sincerely hope he stays involved in English cricket, rather than going abroad somewhere," he added.
Strauss himself is now part of the set-up again having accepted the new role as chair of the ECB cricket committee. He was previously the director of cricket, a job he had to let go post the untimely passing of his wife due to lung cancer and in memory of whom, he established the Ruth Strauss Foundation that supports patients and families affected by the threatening disease.
"It's me dipping my toe back into the game of cricket," he said. "The ECB cricket committee has a very broad reach overseeing professional cricket in the country, but also women's cricket and disability cricket and the pathway to the top."
"It keeps me engaged and cricket is in my blood so I want to be involved in some way, but it's about juggling it with the foundation. Even more importantly it's juggling it with my boys and making sure I am around to do what they need me to do."
(Inputs from PA news agency)