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The ECB has announced the departure of chief scout James Taylor

On Thursday, June 9, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) revealed the departure of head scout James Taylor. Following the appointment of Rob Key as managing director of England men’s cricket, the England team has experienced significant changes.

Taylor was named head scout after national selector Ed Smith’s position was eliminated in 2021. Taylor supported then-head coach Chris Silverwood in the men’s team selection process. According to reports, Key is interested in reintroducing the position of the national selector and is contemplating former England batter Ian Bell for the position.

Key is also said to be interested in segregating the selector’s responsibility for each format. The former England batter praised Taylor’s dedication to the game and congratulated him for his contributions to the national squad.

Taylor, who played seven Tests and 27 ODIs for England, was forced to retire early after being diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy, a dangerous heart condition. The former right-handed batter expressed gratitude to the board for its assistance throughout his time as a selector and head scout.