Kevin Pietersen has thrown his support behind Michael Vaughan as the man to lead on overhaul of English cricket.
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Paul Downton resigned as ECB managing director on Wednesday, with his one-year stint in the job being best remembered for his sacking of Pietersen following England’s disastrous 2013/14 Ashes defeat.
Downton’s role has been abolished, with the ECB set to appoint a new figure responsible solely on the improvement of the England senior side.
Vaughan is the early favourite to land the job, and Pietersen has thrown his support behind his former captain.
“He will know what changes need to be made for the good of English cricket,” Pietersen told BreatheSport.
“The way he captained shows he’ll change the brand of cricket currently being played, which we need.”
It comes on the same day that Alec Stewart announced his interest in the job.
Stewart, also a former England captain, is currently director of cricket at Surrey and holds a favourable view of Pietersen after recently signing the batsman to the County side.
Either would be a good appointment for Pietersen, with both Vaughan and Stewart both going on record to say that the 34-year-old should be handed a fair opportunity to break back into the England squad.