Rob Key was confirmed as the new chief executive of England Men’s Cricket today.
After a rigorous recruitment process, the former England international will take charge immediately. Key will also step down from his current role at Sky Sports.
Key will be responsible for the strategy behind England’s men’s cricket teams and the performance pathways leading to it. He will also play a key role in the High Performance Review which will begin shortly.
Prior to the appointment, Sir Andrew Strauss had assumed the role on an interim basis after Ashley Giles left in February after three years.
A former England cricketer and captain of Kent, Key is a hugely respected figure in the game. which led to him being named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2005.
In a playing career that spanned three decades (1998-2015), Key amassed over 28,000 runs with 60 centuries. He captained Kent twice from 2006 to 2012 and again from 2014 to 2015. During his time as captain, the team won the County Championship Second Division title in 2010 and reached three national finals white ball. He was also part of the England squad that won the Under-19 World Cup for the first and only time in 1998.
After announcing his retirement in 2016, Key became a successful commentator for Sky Sports while writing a regular column for the Evening Standard. He remained involved in the administration of the game and once served on the ECB’s Performance Cricket Committee.
Rob Key said: “It is an absolute honor to take on this role. The chance to make an impact and make a difference is an opportunity afforded to very few and I will give it my all to try to shape the next great era of English men’s cricket.
“I absolutely loved my time at Sky and never would have imagined leaving without this amazing opportunity. I would like to personally thank Bryan Henderson and everyone on the team for their help and support.
“Although at the moment it is a difficult time for English cricket, I also think it is as exciting a time as I can remember. With two of our teams close to or at the top of the world rankings and an undoubted amount of talent in our game, I hope to try and bring everyone with us so that we can all help take English men’s cricket to new heights in all formats.”
ECB Director General Tom Harrison said: “Following a rigorous recruitment process, Rob has stood out in a very competitive field. His passion and knowledge of the game at national and international level is exceptional. He is a proven leader and combines an approachable nature with out-of-the-box thinking and resilience that will serve him well. He will bring a lot to this role and I’m sure the players and staff will enjoy working with Rob. I have no doubt that he will appreciate the challenge that awaits us.
“I would like to thank Andrew for agreeing to take over the role on an interim basis. Having someone of his experience and skills during the transition and recruitment process was invaluable. He remains a huge asset to English and Welsh cricket.