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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