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Sir Andrew Strauss named chairman of ECB cricket committee

Sir Andrew Strauss, the former England captain, returns to the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) following his appointment as the chair of its cricket committee.

The 42-year-old served as England's director of cricket between 2015 and 2018 as his tenure saw England witness a remarkable transformation in white-ball cricket.

The overhaul of England's strategy in limited-overs cricket eventually allowed them to register their first World Cup title earlier this summer.

Strauss, knighted on Tuesday, stepped down from the role last year to take care of his ailing wife Ruth, who passed away in December after a long battle with a rare form of lung cancer.

Strauss' new role will involve "monitoring all levels of cricket in England and Wales" to ensure the development of the professional game.

"It is a real pleasure to return to ECB in this new capacity. ECB and the whole cricket family have been a vital source of support over an extremely difficult year and it's really great to be back at Lord's, a place that has become a second home to me," he said in a statement.

While England made significant strides in the shorter versions of the game, their Test fortunes have dwindled in the past few years.

Nevertheless, Strauss is seen as an influential figure driving England's rise in world cricket.

"I'm extremely passionate about developing and growing cricket in England and Wales and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Cricket Committee to continually drive all aspects of the professional game, including women's, men's and disability cricket," he added.

Apart from cricket activities, Strauss established the Ruth Strauss Foundation to raise awareness about cancer after his wife's death.

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