Downton lands top ECB role
Paul Downton has been named as the England and Wales Cricket Board's next managing director - England Cricket.
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The governing body has announced Downton, who played 30 Tests for England from 1981-88, will succeed the outgoing Hugh Morris next February.
Former wicketkeeper Downton, 56, also played for Kent and Middlesex during a career which ended in 1991 after he suffered a freak eye injury after being hit by a bail.
He will officially take over from Morris on 1 February 2014.
"I am honoured to have been offered this position and the trust which the ECB has placed in me to lead our national teams," he told their official website.
"Since retiring from the game I have taken a close interest in both County and International cricket and I am excited by the challenge of building on the success which England teams have enjoyed at all levels in recent years.
"My discussions during the appointment process have provided me with a clear vision of the importance attached to this role and I look forward to forging close and successful working relationships with my new colleagues at ECB."
ECB Chief Executive David Collier is delighted to have Downton on board and feels he is definitely the man for the job.
"Paul's record of success both on and off the field made him the outstanding candidate to replace Hugh Morris," said Collier.
"His experience of a World Cup final, Ashes success, six County Championship wins and 58 international appearances for England provides a wealth of cricket experience.
"His background in law when coupled with his experience in the City provides the unique set of skills which is required to lead and manage the England Cricket Department's £100million budget over the next four years.
"Paul will inherit a thriving Team England operation which has been exceptionally well led by Hugh Morris and the ECB wishes Hugh every success in his new role at Glamorgan CCC."