Mark Ramprakash has been appointed interim head coach of the England Lions, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Friday (May 25). Ramprakash will fill in for Andy Flower, who has been appointed Director of England Cricket for at least the next three months, given Andrew Strauss’s decision to step away from the role to be with his ailing wife Ruth. Strauss, who had been in the role since May 2015, returned home early from Australia after the second Ashes Test when his wife was first diagnosed with cancer in December.
“With taking on additional day-to-day duties following Andrew’s (Strauss) extended leave, I wanted to ensure the Lions were adequately supported with a high-quality coach, and we believe that Mark Ramprakash is a perfect replacement to lead the team this summer,” Flower said on Friday (May 25).
“He has already made a significant contribution to our International Pathway through his work with the England senior sides, his involvement with the Young Lions and Lions during winter programmes and his role as coach of the South team in the three-match limited-overs series against the North held in Barbados back in March.
“Mark will work alongside the current Lions management team and where time permits, I will be available to assist him and the rest of the coaching staff in what will be an intense test for our young players against strong opposition in the A sides of India and West Indies respectively.”
Ramprakash’s first two assignments will be the matches against India A and Windies A. Lions, India A and Windies A will play a one-day tri-series from June 22 before India A and Lions play a four-day game from July 16.
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