Key appointed as new England men's managing director

Key appointed as new England men's managing director

Rob Key has been appointed as the new managing director of England men's cricket, succeeding Ashley Giles in the role.

The 42-year-old, who played 15 Tests, five one-day internationals and one T20 for England, will take on the role after former national team spinner Giles was among those to depart in the wake of the winter's dismal Ashes series.

Key, who will relinquish his punditry role with Sky Sports to take up the position, joins at a time with England seeking a new Test captain following Joe Root's decision to step down and a permanent head coach, and is excited to be entrusted with this responsibility.

"It is an absolute honour to take up this role," Key said. "The chance to have an impact and make a difference is an opportunity given to very few and I will give it everything I have to try shape the next great era of English men's cricket.

"I have absolutely loved my time at Sky and I could never have imagined leaving were it not for this incredible opportunity. I'd like to personally thank Bryan Henderson and everyone in the team for their help and support.