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Carlisle to captain Zimbabwe after Murphy injury

Stuart CarlislePhoto CricInfo

Zimbabwe's recently-appointed captain Brian Murphy will probably miss the remainder of the tour to Bangladesh with a broken finger.

Murphy, who succeeded Heath Streak as skipper three weeks ago, has returned to Zimbabwe for specialist treatment.

David Ellman-Brown, managing director of the Zimbabwe Cricket Union, said: "Brian has sustained a broken bone in his left hand, it is a straight break and he will be operated on tomorrow, when the injury will be pinned.

"He will undertake his rehabilitation here in Zimbabwe and he is expected to be out for four to six weeks, after which he will return to the national team."

Stuart Carlisle, 29, will take over the captaincy in Murphy's absence with Streak as his vice-captain. Streak resigned in October saying he wanted to recover his playing form.

Zimbabwe face Bangladesh in the second and final Test in Chittagong tomorrow before playing three one-day internationals.

Meanwhile David Ellman-Brown has decided to resign his position as Managing Director of the Union with effect from 31 January 2002.

A successor will be recruited as soon as possible.