ECB hand Andy Flower technical director role

The ECB appoint former head coach Andy Flower as their technical director of elite coaching.

Former head coach Andy Flower has been named the ECB's new technical director of elite coaching.

The 45-year-old stood down in January following five years at the helm of the England cricket team - a stint that included three Ashes series victories.

However, just two months after his departure, the former Zimbabwe international has been handed another role with the organisation.

"I see this as a great opportunity for me as I start a new phase of my career," he said. "I am particularly excited about the chance to build and mould a leadership course which is not simply about captaincy but much more.

"This role offers me a chance to make a real contribution to the ability and character of England players and coaches in the years to come."

Flower will be based at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.

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