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Tim Boon

Tim Boon, who scored more than 11,000 first-class runs for Leicestershire, starts his latest role with the ECB this month

The ECB today announced the appointment of Tim Boon as England Development Programme head coach.

Boon takes up the position this month following a five-year tenure as head coach at Leicestershire.

He has also previously held roles with the ECB as an assistant coach/team analyst with the England Test and one-day squads, and as coach to the England Under-19 and Under-17 sides.

The 48-year-old Yorkshireman, who scored over 11,000 first-class runs for Leicestershire in his 15-year playing career, will be based at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough and his primary focus will be on the development of successful England U19 teams and ensuring talented young players make effective transitions into the first-class game.

Boon said: “I am delighted to have been appointed England Development Programme head coach, a role that will enable me to work with the best young cricketers in the country.

"Having gained valuable experience in my roles with England Under-19s, the senior England team and Leicestershire, my aim is to form close relationships and work in partnership with all counties to ensure players move seamlessly through Under-19 cricket into the first-class game before re-entering Team England for the Lions and onto the full England senior team.

"I look forward to working in a world-class environment with highly motivated coaches and to the many challenges that lie ahead.”

Hugh Morris, managing director of England Cricket, said: “We are pleased to appoint Tim Boon as England Development Programme head coach.

"Tim has a wealth of experience working with talented young players both from his time with England and more recently at Leicestershire and this knowledge will be crucial as we look to develop players who have the potential to, not only thrive on the international stage at Under-19 level but also in time go on to play a key part in the success of the senior England team.”

Mike Siddall, acting chief executive at Leicestershire, said: “On behalf of everybody connected with the club I would like to record our thanks to Tim for his major contribution to Leicestershire over the last five seasons, in particular the implementation of the club’s recruitment and selection policy and the development of local young cricketers. We wish him every success in the future.”