Mo Bobat takes reigns as performance director of English cricket and will work closely with new head coach Chris Silverwood
Mo Bobat has been added to the hierarchy of English cricket in a more empowered performance director role.
In contrast to his predecessor David Parsons - who oversaw the development of the England Lion and Under-19 teams at Loughborough - Bobat will work closely with the newly-appointed England coach Chris Silverwood and Ed Smith, the national selector.
The 36-year-old former PE teacher steps up from the position of player identification lead, having previously been promoted by Andrew Strauss to apply his selection principles to the senior Test and limited-overs teams in 2016.
Mo Bobat has been named the new performance director of English cricket this morning
As opposed to his predecessor, Bobat will work in tandem with national selector Ed Smith
Although his work has been done in the background, Bobat also sat on the interview panel when Smith pipped Andy Flower to the selectors job and has sat in on selection meetings for the past couple of years.
‘The position of performance director is a critical post in the development of our long-term strategy for elite performance. Mo demonstrated through his knowledge and experience that he has the attributes to take us forward in this area,’ said Ashley Giles, England’s managing director of cricket.
‘He will be responsible for identifying our highest potential players and leading programmes that will bridge the gap between county and international cricket helping us to deliver successful, respected and inspiring England players and teams.
‘The performance director will work closely with our network of counties to enhance the size and quality of our talent pool and ensuring that we’re jointly making decisions in each player’s best long-term interests.
Bobat will work closely with Chris Silverwood, who was appointed head coach on Monday
One of Bobat's main focuses will be to help the Test team ascend back up the world rankings
‘We have to develop a long-term strategy that identifies the best players in the country that can step up and excel in the international cricket arena. We will expose them to learn and perform in all conditions around the world.’
Bobat - who incorporated ideas from American sports plus Premier League football clubs Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal due to the lack of history in talent identification across the cricket world - first began working with the ECB in 2011.
‘I am looking forward to working closely with both Chris Silverwood and Ed Smith, and in doing so, supporting the performance needs of our England teams and moving us closer to achieving our aim of being the most respected team in the world,’ he said.