PEARS assistant chief Alan Richardson will lend his support to the England squad during their upcoming Royal London Series against Pakistan as part of Chris Silverwood’s new coaching team, the ECB have confirmed.
The announcement comes after the news that three members of the initial playing group and four members of the management staff had tested positive for COVID-19, and consequently the entire squad initially selected was required to isolate.
Richardson has joined up with Silverwood and his squad as their preparations for the series begin, and he will remain with the team for the duration of the ODI and T20 series.
Richardson joined Worcestershire’s coaching team in January 2018 and is also the county’s bowling coach.
Chairman Fanos Hira said: “We are very sorry to hear about the COVID outbreak within the England squad and hope all affected recover quickly. This is yet another reminder that this pandemic isn’t quite over, and challenges remain for us all.
“I’m delighted for Alan having the opportunity to work with the England set-up. This is deserved recognition for the time and effort he has put into his coaching career and an excellent opportunity for him to develop further. I’m sure he will thrive.
“We wish Alan and the whole England squad well for the series.”