Andrew Strauss claims the time was not right for him to take on the role of managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board, but insists he would be interested in taking the job in the future.
Former England captain Strauss was understood to have emerged as the clear favourite to succeed Hugh Morris who stepped down from the position at the end of August.
However, having only retired from professional cricket in the summer of 2012, Strauss is believed to have withdrawn his name from a possible ECB shortlist of suitable candidates.
The 36-year-old - who spent this summer as part of Sky Sports' commentary team - feels that he needs to spend some time away from the England set-up before throwing himself into another full-time role with the ECB.
But he acknowledged it could well be of interest at a later date, telling Sky Sports: "I'd definitely look at it in the future, yeah.
"It was too soon having only retired 12 months ago, I wasn't ready to go right back into that environment straight away.
"I think for me personally I need the opportunity to do some things away from cricket and away from the ECB a little bit as well.
"Hopefully by doing that it will make me better qualified to maybe do something to help the game of cricket in the future. What that is I don't know, but the timing wasn't right."
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