Worcestershire CCC Bowling Coach-Assistant Coach, Alan Richardson, has spoken of his pride and excitement after being chosen as part of England’s coaching team for the Royal London ODIs and Vitality IT20s against Pakistan this month.
Richardson will be part of Head Coach Chris Silverwood’s team for the three ODIs – beginning with tomorrow’s (Thursday’s) opening match at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff – and three T20s.
The 46-year-old has been Bowling Coach-Assistant Coach at New Road for three and a half years since January 2018.
He also spent four years as Bowling Coach at Warwickshire after ending his playing career in early 2014 after four successful years as a Worcestershire player, in which he was a Wisden Cricketer Of The Year in 2011.
Richardson is part of a restructured England party after seven members – three players and four management team members – of the ODI group tested positive for COVID-19.
They are observing a period of self-isolation while the remaining members of the party have been deemed close contacts and will also self-isolate.
Richardson said: “It is a massive honour for me and came out of the blue, although obviously, my first thoughts are for those who are now self-isolating.
“I had a call from Ashley Giles yesterday (Tuesday) morning, and the feeling is of pride and excitement.
“I started my career having dreams and aspirations of playing for my country. I didn’t achieve that but to be Bowling Coach for the ODI and T20 series against Pakistan is an absolute honour and privilege for me.
“It will be good to work with the England squad and management team during these next two weeks.
“The experience can only enhance my coaching knowledge and education for when I return to Worcestershire after the final T20I match on July 20 for the Royal London One-Day Cup campaign.”