Former England and Sussex all-rounder Luke Wright has been appointed as the new England Men’s selector.
He will take up the role in March 2023 after finishing a coaching assignment with Auckland. Wright will have the responsibilty for selecting England’s white-ball and red-ball teams and will share the same with Ben Stokes (England’s Test captain), Jos Buttler (England’s T20I and ODI skipper) and the coaches of different formats in Brendon McCullum and Matthew Mott.
His (Wright’s) role is going to be similar to former national selector Ed Smith. In addition to the above responsibilties, he will also be expected to share inputs in the selection of England’s Lions and Young Lions squad and will keep a keen eye on the domestic circuit for talent identification.
Wright represented The Three Lions in both ODIs and T20Is. He made his ODI debut for England at The Oval in September 2007 against India and went on to play 50 ODIs in his career. He also made his T20I debut in September, 2007 against Zimbabwe in Cape Town in an ICC World Twenty20 game.
“It’s a huge honour and privilege to take on this role, one that I am incredibly excited about. With the Ashes and ICC Men’s 50-over World Cup next year, I can’t wait to get started and try to contribute after what has been a fantastic year for England men’s cricket,” Wright said.
England Men’s managing director Rob Key expressed happiness on Wright’s appointment and mentioned that his in-depth knowledge will help England in reaching greater heights.
“Off the back of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup win and a successful summer for our men’s Test team, I’m delighted that Luke will be joining as England Selector,” Key said.
“With his significant experience of playing in England and overseas as well as his in-depth knowledge of county cricket, he will be an important voice in squad selection while also helping to identify the next generation of England stars. It’s an exciting time for England men’s cricket, but with the Ashes and the ICC Men’s 50-over World Cup next year there is a lot of hard work ahead if we are to build upon what has been an exciting year.”