The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should "hang their heads in shame" over their sacking of coach Peter Moores, according to former captain Alec Stewart.
Moores was dismissed on Saturday shortly after Andrew Strauss was appointed England's director of cricket, though reports of his sacking were leaked during the team's washed-out one-dayer against Ireland on Friday.
Moores, who also spent two year as coach between 2007 and 2009, bore the brunt of criticism for a dismal World Cup, in which England failed to progress from the group stages, and the drawn test series against the West Indies.
"The fact that all these leaks came out the day before the man was officially told - you've got to show a bit of respect to employees," Stewart, England's most capped test cricketer, told the BBC.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan said the dismissal of Moores, who won 19 of his 52 matches in charge across all formats of the game, was "disgraceful", adding that the ECB needed to demonstrate some "quiet authority and integrity".