Zimbabwe news July 24, 2014

Chigumbura named Zimbabwe's limited-overs captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

Zimbabwe allrounder Elton Chigumbura has been appointed ODI and T20 captain while Brendan Taylor will retain the leadership in the Tests, as part of Zimbabwe Cricket's decision to split the captaincy across formats. At the board meeting on Thursday, ZC also announced changes to the coaching structure, appointing Stephen Mangongo as head coach.

Andy Waller, who had been coaching the side, will take on a new role as National Director of Coaching, responsible for the development of cricket from the grassroots and grooming of coaches. Mangongo was Waller's assistant with the national side and had deputised under Alan Butcher as well.

The changes to the captaincy and coaching structure was expected, keeping with the recommendations by ZC's cricket committee earlier this month.

Chigumbura had earlier led Zimbabwe in 24 limited-overs games from May 2010 - after Prosper Utseya's resignation - to March 2011. But when his own form fell away, Taylor was handed the captaincy across all three formats in June 2011, when Zimbabwe returned to Test cricket. Taylor also had the additional responsibility of keeping wicket and being the team's premier batsman but the latest decision should relieve him of some of the burden.

Mangango had stood in as head coach on previous occasions, including a series against Bangladesh. Mangongo, who is known as a tough task master, had an altercation with a young player last year. Mangongo will be in charge for the forthcoming home series against South Africa and the tri-series involving Australia and South Africa.

Waller had only been in the job for 12 months, beginning with the home ODIs against India last July, though he was officially appointed in May 2013.

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  • Dummy4 on July 26, 2014, 9:03 GMT

    Congrats Steve, wish you the best in your task

  • John on July 25, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Surprising changes, I feel. 1. Considering that Waller was in the coach's role for just a year, it does not make much sense to change his position before whatever plans he had for the team had come to fruition. ZC should think more long term if Zim is to achieve anything. 2. Splitting the captaincy could be justified, considering some of the strange tactics BT has been employing lately. However as I also mentioned earlier long term usually works. When people are given time to grow into roles they usually get better in those roles and results starts to show as they mature. 3. I dont think Elton is the man to take the captaincy role. He is no longer the all-rounder we all knew before. He hardly bowls anymore and he last scored a 50 a long time ago. In fact he should be dropped from the ODI & T20 sides! 4. Nevertheless, Mangongo deserves the senior role. He has been a deputy for long and is a man who has developed the bulk of the current players. All the best to him.

  • ZCF on July 25, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    Excellent changes! Mangongo overdue. Am very happy for him! Surprised Taylor was retained as captain in Tests when Hami is the clear leader of the side&far more tactically gifted.

    @grahaam Chigumbura didn't fail while playing for Northants. If his stats amount to failure, then comparative stats for the likes of Cameron, Price, Ervine& Ireland must make Elton a world beater in the short space of time he spent there. Review the stats properly.

    @Robean since the start of 2011, Chigumbura has arguably been ZIM's 3rd-5th batsman in each format. It's a pity LOI games against near full strength AUS, SA&BD sides were classed as XI/A games, but throw in all these series/tri-series and you quickly realise that his bowling has been more than useful in that time too. All the more reason why it's wrong to say ZIM don't/haven't played that many games. They have - since 2011 - except they were not full internationals, but I challenge anyone to argue why the should not have been full internationals.

  • Dick on July 25, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Please realise who and what we are dealing with here - the individuals making these decisions have never played cricket at any form of competitive level and believe making decisions like these justifies their place on the board. Congrats to Steve and hopefully you will get more support than Waller got from the board. Personally thought that Elton's place in the team was not a certainty anymore but obviously I was wrong - hopefully his form does not suffer again.

  • Delan on July 25, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    I don't understand this move...it's not like Zimbabwe are playing an excess of cricket, and both players play all formats

  • Dummy4 on July 24, 2014, 21:59 GMT

    I think it is really a bad decision and it will take zimcricket step behind. Talyor is a fine cricketer and should have been given confidence instead of such sudden changes....

  • Android on July 24, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Not a bad move to move forward, this will help the two captains focus more on their individual format and improve those teams separately

  • Andrew on July 24, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Splitting the captaincy is done when sides play A LOT of cricket. With our three test and five ODIs and 2 T20s per year, this is not necessary. And our player base is too small to have separate teams in any case.

  • Nabil on July 24, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    So splitting captaincy has become an essential part of modern cricket. Now waiting for New Zealand, Bangladesh & India to follow the path.

  • Graham on July 24, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    Short memories here , last time Chigumbura was captain his form suffered very badly and he failed in a bid to play county cricket for Northants.

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