London: Former Glamorgan stalwart Matthew Maynard was on Tuesday named as new director of cricket of English county Somerset.
Maynard, 48, was understood to be vying with former England one-day coach Ashley Giles for the post, which became vacant when Dave Nosworthy left Taunton.
Maynard brings with him the experience of a 20-year playing career with Glamorgan, during which he took part in four Tests and 14 one-day internationals for England.
Having turned his hand to coaching he returned to the international set-up, working for England as Duncan Fletcher`s assistant coach between 2004 and 2007.
"I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as the director of cricket at Somerset CCC. It`s a huge honour. It will be a new challenge for me and one that I am looking forward to very much. I`m very excited about being involved with such a talented group of players and I can`t wait to get started," Maynard said.
Maynard`s overwhelming priority will be a first piece of silverware since 2005 - a period where Somerset have become the perennial bridesmaids of county cricket, with several second-placed finishes across all formats - with a first ever county championship the long-held dream.