Ashley Giles wants to see opportunities given to English coaches in The Hundred
Ashley Giles would like to see opportunities for English coaches in The Hundred but admits the top jobs in the new competition might be dominated by star names from overseas.
Giles, the ECB’s managing director of men’s cricket, was once an aspiring young coach and is now the man in charge of finding a successor to Trevor Bayliss when his England contract expires at the end of the Ashes.
He has expressed a preference for a homegrown heir in the past, though prioritises the right candidate over the right passport.
An obvious proving ground for the next generation of coaches would be the ECB’s new 100-ball competition which debuts next year and will be partially available on free-to-air television. So far, though, the first two jobs have been given to Australians.
Simon Katich will lead the Manchester-based franchise, with Andrew McDonald employed by the Birmingham team.
“It’s not my choice, let me say that. It’s up to venues who they employ,” he said.
“Four versus four would be nice – four foreign coaches taking on four of ours but that might not be the way it goes in the short term.
“I hope over time the trust develops and we see more English coaches coming through that system. But I understand the reasoning, I guess venues have tried to sprinkle a bit of stardust, with guys who have had experience in these franchise competitions.
“Many of them are employing, I believe, assistant coaches from the network which is a really good thing.”