Former England all-rounder Luke Wright has been appointed as a member of the New England Men’s Selection Committee. He will take up the position in March next year after completing a coaching assignment with Oakland. Wright has played 101 limited-overs matches for England
Wright will share squad selection responsibilities with England Men’s managing director Rob Key, performance director Mo Bobbert, player ID captain David Court, and the respective red-ball and white-ball coaches and captains. The ECB will also take into account his insights on central contracts.
He will contribute to the selection of England’s Lions and Young Lions squads and – like Smith’s former chief scout James Taylor – will be responsible for all domestic cricket during the summer, including talent spotting.
His input will factor into decisions on ECB central contracts, and he will also work with the ECB’s scientific and medical team on player availability and programming.
“It’s a huge honor 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.”
“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.
“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.”
The all-rounder made his first-class debut in 2003 and in over 400 matches across all formats for Sussex Cricket Club, the Wright scored more than 16,000 runs and 30 centuries.
As of today, he is the highest run-scorer in T20 Blast history with 5026 runs for the Sharks. The explosive batsman has spent 18 years at the 1st Central County Ground and was a member of the Sussex teams that won the county title in 2006 and 2007.
Wright also helped deliver the Twenty20 trophy in 2009 as well as back-to-back Pro40 titles in 2008 and 2009. Wright, commenting on Sussex,
“A huge thank you to Sussex for the most incredible 19 seasons at the club. I am very proud of what I achieved individually and as a team during my time. I gave my everything and I hope that showed on the pitch. I will always be a Sussex fan.”