Andy Flower committed to England, says ECB chief

London: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chief Executive David Collier is confident that coach Andy Flower is committed to England and would not leave his job anytime soon.

“I think Andy made his position very clear when the Indian situation happened. I think he is very settled in England and long may that continue. I think the whole of the backroom team is very important,” he was quoted as saying in an interview.

“We’ve developed a structure over five to 10 years now that has not only delivered plans, but has leapfrogged countries in the world and we want to keep that team together,” he added.

Flower, who has helped take England to the top of the Test rankings, had turned down an approach to take over as India coach before they appointed Duncan Fletcher.

Collier also confirmed that the board is set to sign a new sponsorship deal.

“We’re in final discussions regarding a long-term relationship with new sponsors. We will be making an announcement in the not too distant future,” he said.

The ECB is reportedly close to signing a four-year contract with asset management banking company Investec to replace npower as sponsors.


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