Alastair Maiden leaves England Women's team to join Leicestershire

Alastair Maiden is leaving his post as England Women’s assistant coach to join Leicestershire¬†

Ali Maiden is leaving his post as England Women’s assistant coach to join Leicestershire and will be replaced by Tim Macdonald, the Perth Scorchers’ WBBL bowling coach, for the Women’s T20 World Cup.

Macdonald will be reunited with fellow Australian Lisa Keightley, the Scorchers’ WBBL head coach who was recently appointed England Women’s head coach. He flew to England last week to join the team for the lead-up to and duration of the Women’s T20 World Cup, which starts in Australia on February 21.

Maiden, who has been part of the England Women’s set-up since 2011, will become Leicestershire’s new Head of Talent Pathway. After joining England Women as their lead batting coach, Maiden became Mark Robinson’s assistant in 2017 and together the pair helped captain Heather Knight and her team lift the Women’s World Cup in 2017.

When Robinson left following England’s home Ashes defeat last year, Maiden took over as interim England Women’s coach for the recent series against Pakistan in Malaysia, where England won all six matches – three T20Is and three ODIs.

“We had many achievements, none better than winning the World Cup in 2017 at Lord’s, and I have learnt much from a period in my career that I will never forget,” Maiden said. “I wish Lisa, Heather and the rest of the team all the very best for the future, starting at the T20 World Cup in February.”

ECB Managing Director of Women’s Cricket, Clare Connor, described Maiden as “a tremendous asset to England Women’s cricket”.

“He has obviously played a significant role in taking the senior team forward over the last eight years, but he has also made a significant contribution to the development of England Women’s Academy players throughout several winters,” Connor said.

“Ali’s enthusiasm, dedication and passion for the game, and for batting in particular, has been infectious and it has been wonderful to watch so many players improve as a result of his work with them. We will all miss Ali enormously and we wish him every success for the future.”

Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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