Full name Alistair Douglas Ross Campbell
Born September 23, 1972, Salisbury (now Harare)
Current age 42 years 344 days
Major teams Zimbabwe, Manicaland, Mashonaland, Mashonaland Country Districts
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Education Eaglesvale High School
Relation Brother - DJR Campbell
|Test debut||Zimbabwe v India at Harare, Oct 18-22, 1992 scorecard|
|Last Test||Zimbabwe v Pakistan at Bulawayo, Nov 16-19, 2002 scorecard|
|ODI debut||West Indies v Zimbabwe at Brisbane, Feb 29, 1992 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Kenya v Zimbabwe at Bloemfontein, Mar 12, 2003 scorecard|
|First-class span||1990/91 - 2002/03|
|List A span||1990/91 - 2002/03|
An elegant left-hander, Alistair Campbell showed great early promise, being selected for the national side while still at school, and becoming the youngest Zimbabwean to make a first-class century. Selected for the 1992 World Cup at only 19, he struggled against world-class bowling, but the experience was invaluable. He soon became a fixture in the national side, and greatly impressed on the 1993-94 Pakistan tour, playing some excellent innings against one of the strongest bowling attacks in the world. His aggressive style has proved effective in one-day internationals, but his wish to dominate the bowling has led to difficulties in building big innings in Test matches. After being stuck on a Test-best of 99 for five years, he finally scored his first century, against India at Nagpur in 2000-01, and followed that up with 103 the following summer against West Indies. Campbell plays a wide range of shots, generating power without apparent effort. He occasionally bowls right-arm offspin, and is a magnificent fielder in any position. On taking over the captaincy in 1996, he led Zimbabwe to some notable successes including their remarkable series victory in Pakistan in 1998-99, and their qualification to the Super Sixes in the 1999 World Cup. However, he stood down from the captaincy in November 1999, citing personal reasons. He abruptly announced his retirement from international cricket under a cloud after he was originally overlooked for the 2003 World Cup, but was later brought back in to replace the injured Mark Vermeulen, and then when the selectors hinted that he wasn't needed for the England tour later that year. He quit soon after for a time ran Lilfordia Junior School in Harare with his father, Iain, a prominent junior coach who has groomed a number of Zimbabwe's cricketers. Amid the re-vamping of Zimbabwe's domestic structure in 2009-10, which involved the return of a handful of former cricketers to administrative roles, Campbell was appointed chairman of selectors by the ZC board.
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