Lead women's coaches appointed

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The five newly-appointed lead specialist coaches will work across women's and girls' cricket from Under-15 level to the senior team

The England and Wales Cricket Board today announced the appointment of Carl Crowe, Barry Hyam, Paul Jarvis, Ali Maiden and Cookie Patel as lead specialist coaches to work across women’s and girls’ cricket.

Current England women’s assistant coach Crowe will lead on spin bowling while ex-Essex wicketkeeper Hyam and former England pace bowler Jarvis will work with players to develop wicketkeeping and fast bowling respectively.

The lead batting coach will be Maiden, who is currently the Durham Academy assistant coach and graduated from the ECB Master Coach Level IV programme last year.

Patel, ECB regional training manager for the Midlands and fielding coach at Northamptonshire CCC, has been appointed lead fielding coach.

The coaching structure for women’s and girls’ cricket in England and Wales has been re-aligned to utilise lead specialist coaches across the player pathway with all the coaches working with identified high potential players from Under-15 level through to the England team.

Each coach will commit up to 20 days per year to the women’s and girls’ programme and will work in alignment with the existing team of specialist coaches at ECB. Over the first year a particular focus will be on working with Under-19 and England women's Academy players.

ECB head of England women’s cricket Clare Connor said: "The move to appoint lead specialist coaches is an exciting one for the elite women's and girls' game. The calibre of applicants for the roles was outstanding and reflects the regard in which the women's game is widely held.

“I am delighted with the appointments we have made and I really look forward to seeing the impact they make on our current and future world-class cricketers."