England test batting coach Mark Ramprakash will depart his position in June despite his contract running through to September.
Ramprakash, who played 52 tests for England over the better part of a decade, has held the role since being appointed in November 2014.
The former Middlesex and Surrey batsman had revealed he was due to step down ahead of this Summer’s Ashes series, but the decision has been made early to allow Ramprakash to pursue other career opportunities.
“I feel the time is now right for me to move on from my role at the ECB and seek to further and broaden my career,” said the 49-year-old.
The former Strictly winner’s position had come under scrutiny in recent times on the back of a host of sub-par batting performances in the test arena.
England Director of Cricket, Ashley Giles, spoke of Ramprakash’s contribution ahead of the change, saying: “Mark has been an integral part of our coaching set-up over the past six years and has done an excellent job in developing players for the international arena.
“We both felt it was the right time for him to leave. He is ambitious and highly regarded in the game, and we wish him well in the next chapter of his coaching career.”
Ex-England stalwart Graham Thorpe is the hot favourite to assume the position.
Reflecting on his time in the role, Ramprakash said: “The last six years have been a hugely enjoyable time of my life. In that time, I have been privileged to be able to support, encourage and mentor the Young Lions, England Lions and the England Test and ODI teams.
“To have worked with the best players, alongside a variety of world-class coaches and support staff, has given me vast experience, which I will build on in the future. I want to thank them for the opportunity. Many have become friends for life.
“Finally, I wish the ECB and England cricket team all the best for the future.”
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