The ECB have confirmed reports that Paul Collingwood will join the England coaching set up ahead of the upcoming tours to the West Indies and Bangladesh.
The Durham captain will now join up with the England side after coaching Scotland in recent months with great sucess in helping them qualify for the 2015 ODI World Cup.
In a statement released by the English governing body they say the cult hero has been engaged to be a part of the England coaching staff for the forthcoming tour to the Caribbean and the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Collingwood, 37, played 68 Test matches, 197 One Day Internationals and 35 Twenty20 Internationals and was captain when England won their first ICC global event – the ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean in 2010. Collingwood also captained Durham to the LV= County Championship in 2013. He takes over from assistant coach Richard Halsall on these tours.
The man himself took to Twitter to show how happy he was at accepting the role as he tweeted: "I'm as excited as a kid at Christmas. Looking forward to working with the King of Spain and the lads #t20worldcup".
The King of Spain he is referring to is current head coach Ashley Giles who will lead the country in these next two limited overs tours.
Paul Downton, Managing Director England cricket, said: “I am delighted that Paul has agreed to join the England coaching staff for the trips to the West Indies and Bangladesh. He was an outstanding performer for England and proved himself to be a successful captain in Twenty20 cricket and the county game. We are looking forward to the enthusiastic approach Paul brings to all the teams that he has been involved with over the years.
“More recently he has also demonstrated his growing coaching potential by helping mastermind Scotland’s victory in the ICC World Cup qualifier in New Zealand - a result which guaranteed Scotland a place in the ICC World Cup finals for the first time since 2007.’’
Collingwood will join England on a short-term secondment from Durham, where he remains captain. Ashley Giles, the England Limited Overs Coach, added: “Colly will add great energy and a winning T20 pedigree to the tour party. We are really looking forward to his involvement.”
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