Former Kent and England batsman Ed Smith has been announced as national selector for England.
"It is an exciting time for England cricket".
"I'm delighted to take on the role of National Selector", Smith said.
The ECB said Smith, who succeeds James Whitaker, would be part of a "new approach to scouting, assessing and selecting players for the senior men's Test, T20 and one-day sides, ensuring greater connection right through the global pathway".
The 40-year-old replaces James Whitaker in the top role and will be given licence to appoint a deputy to sit alongside himself and the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, on a new three-man panel that picks the men's national teams.
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Smith has been a journalist and author since retiring from cricket at the age of 31, since 2013 he has been a commentator for the BBC's Test match Special.
"Selection and talent ID have always fascinated me and I've explored extensively how they are evolving", he added Friday in an European Central Bank statement. I was very happy with what I was doing previously but the chance to be at the forefront of this development in English cricket was too good an opportunity to turn down. It's about us getting better quality information, and making sure our decision-making is as clear and robust as possible.
European Central Bank director of England cricket Andrew Strauss, a former Middlesex colleague of Smith, said: "Ed stood out as an ideal candidate for the role for a number of reasons".
Reflecting on Smith's appointment, England cricket chief Andrew Strauss said that he hopes the former Kent skipper would come to the role with fresh ideas and help in implementing the structure that could become world-leading. "There is real depth to his talent identification knowledge and he's done a great amount of research into the subject", the ECB.co.uk quoted Strauss, as saying.