Former Australia batter Marcus North has pulled out of the running to be England’s new managing director of men’s cricket for family reasons.
The 42-year-old, currently Durham’s director of cricket, was reportedly among the favourites for the role, along with ex-England batter Rob Key.
The previous incumbent Ashley Giles left in February following England’s 4-0 Ashes defeat by Australia.
England have since lost a three-Test series against West Indies 1-0.
They are currently in a state of limbo with the permanent head coach position also vacant.
The new managing director is expected to have the final say on the coach and will also help make a decision on the future of Joe Root as Test captain.
Former captain Sir Andrew Strauss is currently acting as managing director on an interim basis – a role he held full-time between 2015 and 2018.
Strauss said last month he hoped to have both vacancies filled by the first Test of the summer, which starts on 2 June against New Zealand.
England are winless in their past nine Tests, have won one of their past 17 and have lost four Test series in a row.
Key retired in 2015 and currently works as a commentator and pundit.
He played 15 Tests between 2002 and 2005 and had a long career in county cricket with Kent.