Worcestershire CCC’s Head of Sports Science and Medicine, Ben Davies, is leaving New Road after more than a decade to take up a new role with the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Davies is to become the ECB’s Medical Services Lead to England Disability Cricket and England Men’s Pathway Physio which also incorporates Young Lions.
It follows on from Ben being England Lions physiotherapist for the tour of Australia 12 months ago and assisting with the senior squad at the Ageas Bowl last summer and in Sri Lanka this winter.
Ben, who will take up his new post next month, initially worked as a second-team physio with Worcestershire before moving into his current role ten years ago.
Worcestershire CCC Chairman, Fanos Hira, paid tribute to Ben after confirming the news of his appointment.
Mr Hira said: “We are really pleased for Ben and wish him well and every success with his new roles with the ECB and England.
“It is thoroughly deserved after his excellent work at Worcestershire CCC for more than a decade.
“Ben is so well thought of in the game and had already made a favourable impression during his previous involvement with England.
“It is a further feather in the cap of the club after our former first-team physio, and Ben Langley also went onto also serve England and the ECB with distinction.”
Ben Davies said: “I am proud to have been offered this role and really excited to begin working with the governing body.
“I will be Lead Physio for the Young Lions tours and get involved with all the pathway-age group cricket as well, the Bunbury’s, Super-Fours, Under-17s etc.
“With regards to the Disability role, I will be in charge of medical services for all England Disability Cricket.
“I’m grateful to Worcestershire for allowing me to work with the ECB during the last 12 months. The Club has always been supportive of my development.
Ben, who previously worked with Aston Villa, said Worcestershire will always have a special place in his heart.
He said: “This would have been my 13th season, with ten seasons as first-team physio, and it has been the most significant part of my working life.
“I have watched many of the players like Ben Cox, Brett D’Oliveira, Joe Leach grow from 14-year-olds to now be our senior professional players.
“I’ve built significant friendships with a lot of players and staff at New Road. I’m not moving away from the area and will now enjoy being a Worcestershire supporter instead of a staff member. The Chairman has mentioned that I’ll always be welcome at the Club, which is a nice touch.”
Davies added: “Winning the Vitality Blast at Edgbaston is a highlight I will never forget, and we’ve had a lot of promotions as well, which have been exciting.
“It’s not just been about the success on the pitch, I’ve watched the Club environment and culture become one of real close family, and the friendships I’ve made during my time here will last forever.
Worcestershire CCC are recruiting a Head of Sport Science and Medicine / Lead Physiotherapist. To view the role information and to apply click here