Former England and Durham all rounder Paul Collingwood has been temporarily appointed as the head coach of the England Cricket team. He will be joined by a number of county coaches for the Test series next month.
With England hoping to squeeze in as much of their scheduled fixtures as possible in a season already significantly shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been understood that head coach Chris Silverwood has decided to take a break during the three ODIs against Ireland.
The dates for the One Day Internationals against Ireland have not yet been finalized, as of now in is known that are all the matches are likely to be played at either at the Ageas Bowl and Emirates Old Trafford, something that is yet to be finalised with Cricket Ireland but assistant coach Collingwood has been earmarked as the man to deputise for Silverwood.
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The former England captain in white ball Cricket could be officially appointed next week, when details of the Test squad are also anticipated.
Of the 55 players invited to resume training by the England and Wales Cricket Board, as many as 30 will be officially called up for the three-match series against the West Indies. That effectively doubles the size of the usual playing staff on hand for a Test match, so contingencies have been put in place to expand Silverwood’s backroom team, which also includes Graham Thorpe as assistant.
At present there are more than 15 members of coaching staff from the county network assisting with England training at 11 venues, with the start of the domestic season still on hiatus until August 1 at the earliest.
Some of those will be asked to join the squad on a temporary basis in the coming weeks, with the possibility of other specialist consultants, leading up to a pre-series training camp and possible intra-squad warm-up match at the Ageas Bowl.
Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the ECB authorised a short-term loan to Cricket West Indies to assist the latter during the cashflow crisis caused by COVID-19.
The payment is not related to any bilateral commitments between the two nations and repayment will be covered by future payments from the International Cricket Council.