Zimbabwe news January 22, 2016

Chigumbura steps down as Zimbabwe captain

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Elton Chigumbura reiterated his commitment towards contributing to Zimbabwe's cause as a senior player © AFP

Elton Chigumbura stepped down as Zimbabwe captain shortly after leading his team to an 18-run win that helped them level the four-match T20I series against Bangladesh in Khulna.

Chigumbura, who ends his second stint as captain, reiterated his commitment to keep playing for Zimbabwe, but said the time was right for someone else to take over as captain. "I have enjoyed the challenges that came with leading the team," he said. "Now I feel it's the best time to leave it to the next guy to lead us so I can focus on my game as a player. I am sure I will lead from the front as a senior player as I still believe I have more years of playing in me and of winning games for the team."

Chigumbura captained Zimbabwe in 80 limited-overs matches, winning 20 of them. He famously led them to ODI wins over Australia and New Zealand at home in 2014 and 2015 respectively. In May 2015, he led Zimbabwe on a limited-overs tour of Pakistan that marked the return of international cricket in the country after a gap of six years. On a personal note, he brought up his maiden ODI century on the tour.

Chigumbura's first stint as captain lasted a year after he took over in May 2010. Four years later, he took over the limited-overs teams while Brendan Taylor was retained as Test captain. Taylor's retirement following a Kolpak deal with Nottinghamshire meant the leadership mantle fell back on Chigumbura. Now he resigns after 11 months in charge.

Zimbabwe Cricket is yet to name a replacement. The team's next assignment is likely to be a short limited-overs tour of West Indies in February ahead of the World T20 in India.

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  • AlexNag on January 26, 2016, 15:03 GMT

    Raza for captain no argument there period

  • CicCacCoe on January 24, 2016, 8:56 GMT

    Most probably Hami will take over as captain, but what will happen to Chigu? Struggled a lot with both bat and ball and was not given chance during the later stages of BPL itself. Anyway can't comment much for T20 as you will get only less chances to perform. It would be great if Waller get a chance to be the captain, but Zim still needs more players to be consistent in their performances to be part of the team.

  • Stone_wall on January 23, 2016, 19:54 GMT

    Interesting call on Waller for captaincy and probably not that bad an idea. Am sure our favourite blogger will have a lot to say about it if he were given it.

  • RockcityGuy on January 23, 2016, 18:25 GMT

    I think Raza would bring about a revolution!

  • seansie78 on January 23, 2016, 11:06 GMT

    Firstly, thank you chigumbura for your tremendous effort as captain of zimbabwe. I appluad you given the tough conditions that you have been under. I hope you will be able to focus on your game and return to the form you had before you left for northants...Captain wise i feel that the best person at this time to captai would be malcolm waller...he has captained before domestic and he is more than capable. Masakadza would be affected negateively as would raza and williams...bundu's boy has the right mentality...peter moor is alos material though he is yet to mature on the international stage. I hope zim can get settled as this t20 wrld cup is probably the last for the likes of elton and masakadza

  • Dawena on January 23, 2016, 10:35 GMT

    Hami doesn't want the captaincy. He's been there and relinquished it after it started to affect his form. Raza has not been in the best of form this tour, but that happens to everyone. In general, he's a very good player, an all rounder who has a lot of up-side going forward. He's young, hungry and fired up

  • and1son on January 23, 2016, 9:52 GMT

    I agree with the notion of chigumbura stepping down. However, is it a force to actually have a permanent captain?? The reason I say that is Zim players are not consistent so at some point that guy who's captain might be hard to drop for obvious reasons if the form drops. They should have a game to game captain. Then if it's a must, they should have Masakadza for t20 and test, and it's a problem for ODI's snce Williams/Ervine are good but not captain material, and Raza's form is dropping.

  • binukani on January 23, 2016, 8:31 GMT

    considering poor form and immature behaviour in the field Raza is not suitable for captaincy. Raza`s preparation to receive a ball while batting is irritating and he never learns from his mistakes.

  •   Syed Barry on January 23, 2016, 3:22 GMT

    He's a very talented player and captain of not so good team

  •   Pardy Chenjerayi Nyakwawa on January 22, 2016, 23:36 GMT

    good move mate. it did affected his game play. he wasnt contributing enough as a batsmen and he wasnt bowling either. Raza should take up the job. GOOD choice an allrounder.

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