Zimbabwe news October 18, 2011

Campbell steps down as Zimbabwe selector

ESPNcricinfo staff

Alistair Campbell has stepped down as Zimbabwe's chairman of selectors in order to concentrate on his job with the country's cricket committee. Former Zimbabwe wicketkeeper-bastman Wayne James will replace Campbell, a Zimbabwe Cricket release stated.

"It has been the greatest of pleasures to select the sides that have spearheaded Zimbabwe's return to Test cricket and I feel now that it would be best to concentrate my expertise on governing the structure of the game as part of the cricket committee," Campbell said. "I have every confidence in the panel I leave behind and look forward to watching teams that are a true representation of the vast amount of talent and experience we have in this country."

Campbell, a former captain of Zimbabwe, was appointed head of the selection panel in July 2009. Since then he has juggled that job, his role as the chairman of the ZC cricket committee and media commitments, and was instrumental in getting Zimbabwe back on track after their self-imposed exclusion from Test cricket.

James takes over with immediate effect, joining Kevin Curran and Givemore Makoni on the selection panel.