Paul Collingwood Handed England Role For World Twenty20
Paul Collingwood has been named England assistant coach for the limited-overs tour of the West Indies and World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.The former England all-rounder will work alongside head coach Ashley Giles.
Three-time Ashes winner Collingwood, 37, captained England to the World Twenty20 title in 2010.
He will work with England on a short-term basis before rejoining Durham, who he skippered to the County Championship title last year.
“Colly will add great energy and a winning T20 pedigree to the tour party,” said Giles. “We are really looking forward to his involvement.”
Collingwood, who in January helped coach Scotland to the 2015 World Cup, takes over from specialist fielding coach Richard Halsall for the West Indies tour in February and March and the World Twenty20, which runs from 21 March until 6 April.
Paul Downton, managing director England cricket, said: “Paul was an outstanding performer for England and proved himself to be a successful captain in Twenty20 cricket and the county game.
“We are looking forward to the enthusiastic approach Paul brings to all the teams that he has been involved with over the years.
“More recently he has also demonstrated his growing coaching potential by helping mastermind Scotland’s victory in the ICC World Cup qualifier in New Zealand – a result which guaranteed Scotland a place in the ICC World Cup finals for the first time since 2007.”
Collingwood’s appointment marks the latest stage in England’s rebuilding following the disastrous 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia.
Andy Flower stepped down as team director on 31 January before the England and Wales Cricket Board ended batsman Kevin Pietersen’s international career.
Earlier on Wednesday, former England seamer Angus Fraser was appointed as an England selector.
Limited-overs coach Giles is among the favourites to succeed Flower and take charge of all three formats.
Collingwood, whose credentials for an England coaching role have been pushed by former captain Michael Vaughan, had said back in January he would love to be involved with the set-up.
“If England came round and asked me to get involved, I would be absolutely delighted,” he said. “If you get the phone call, it’d be very hard to turn down.”