Andrew Strauss, the former skipper of the national team, is poised to take on the reins of the director of the England Cricket Board.

Strauss remains an important candidate, especially after the other top competitor for the post, Paul Vaughan, dropped out of the race.

Strauss was originally hesitant to take the job as he imagined that he would have to travel a lot with the team, but he re- applied after being told that this was not the case.

The three main contenders for the job were Strauss, Vaughn, and Alec Stewart, all being former England skippers.

Strauss does not have many pressing TV commitments, unlike his competitor, Vaughan. The TV commitments caused Vaughan to be dropped out of consideration.

The coveted position was opened up when Paul Downton was sacked following a sorry performance my the England team under his tenure.

After the announcement of Downton’s sacking, Vaughan was the first to show interest for the position.

Appointment of Andrew Strauss for the role of skipper would be a determining factor in team cohesiveness, as Strauss and present captain Alistair Cook are good friends.

An announcement is expected on Friday detailing the appointment of the new England Cricket Board director.

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