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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Cricket Confirmation

LONDON () -- Ray Illingworth has confirmed he is stepping down as England cricket manager and the sport's governing body said it would not immediately fill the role although a new coach would be appointed.

The new coach will work alongside Illingworth in his other role as chairman of the selectors this summer.

Illingworth, criticized over England's poor World Cup campaign, confirmed to the Test and County Cricket Board Tuesday earlier reports that he had decided to quit as team manager.

The TCCB's executive committee, meeting at Lord's, said it hoped to appoint a new coach before Easter and two new selectors soon afterwards.