Cricket News: Lisa Keightley, the head coach of the England Women, has notified England and Wales Cricket Board that she would not seek a contract extension and will resign from her position at the conclusion of the summer.
India’s visit in September will be Keightley’s last series in charge, and both she and the ECB decided that it was the ideal moment to allow her successor to get acquainted with the team before the T20 World Cup in February.
Jonathan Finch, director of England Women’s Cricket, expressed his gratitude for Lisa’s two and a half years of dedication and passion in the position. Over the past year, there has been more competition for positions, and the squad Lisa is leaving is an intriguing mix of youth and experience.
“Leading an international team is challenging at the best of times. It is more challenging during a pandemic, and Lisa has been able to continue the development of the team during what has been the toughest period we have faced off the field.”
Following losses against India in the semifinal and New Zealand in the third-place match, England recently missed out on a medal at the Commonwealth Games.
After retiring from female Test cricket earlier this year, long-serving skipper Katherine Brunt later acknowledged she was unsure of her future in international competition.
Clare Connor, interim chief executive officer, continued, “I’d like to officially express our gratitude to Lisa for all of her work over the past 2.5 years.
“Lisa was always a fierce opponent when she represented Australia, and she’s brought that same pride, passion and will to win into everything she’s done with the England Women’s team.
“The team have enjoyed working with her immensely and I know they’ll join me in wishing her all the very best for her next challenge.”
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