Former Kent and England batsman Ed Smith is to join the England and Wales Cricket Board as a selector.
Since retiring at the age of 31, the 40-year-old has been working as a writer and a broadcaster for BBC’s Test Match Special.
He will replace the former Leicestershire and England batsman James Whitaker who steps down along with fellow selectors Mike Newell and Angus Fraser.
Former England captain Andrew Strauss, the director of England cricket, is reworking the selection process for international matches.
The Times says that Smith will be begin work in his new role in time for the first selection meeting of the summer on May 15 when the Test squad to take on Pakistan will be decided.
England will play Pakistan in a two-Test match series. The first Test starts at Lord’s on May 24 and the second at Headingley on June 1.
Pakistan will begin their tour at Canterbury’s St Lawrence Ground with a four-day game starting on Saturday, April 28.
The tour of the British Isles also includes matches against Scotland and Ireland’s first ever Test.