Chigumbura, split captaincy decision a shocker

HARARE - I had since given up on the current Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) board a long time ago when it comes to sound policy and decision-making, but it appears there is no end to the regular dose of classic gaffes from these fellows.  

The latest howler is the scandalous decision to split the captaincy of the national side, furthermore going on to re-appoint Elton Chigumbura skipper of the limited overs side three years after he was forced to step down under the pressure of captaincy.

It’s ludicrous, for lack of a better term, to re-appoint Chigumbura when quite clearly the all-rounder has done nothing in the last three years to justify another chance to lead the side again. 

If anything, the same board even saw it fit to downgrade Chigumbura’s contract due to below par performances last season.

Leaving the past aside, Chigumbura is already struggling with his game currently and the burden of captaincy will not make it any easier for him.

When he previously led the team, Chigumbura showed no leadership charisma whatsoever and was more often than not at sixes and sevens you felt pity for him.

The burden of captaincy affected his game badly and his confidence took a terrible dive he probably never recovered from that to this day.

To throw him in at the deep end again is shocking, simply shocking!

As a country, we don’t have the luxury of split captaincy.

Presently, Chigumbura has no role whatsoever in the side. He has been a passenger for far too long. He cannot make the side as a specialist batsman. He has to bowl, and he hasn’t even been bowling lately.

Being the captain will make it difficult for the selectors to drop him if he is not performing. It’s unfair to the other players who deserve a fair crack of the whip.

The concept of split captaincy only works if a caption who leads a team in particular format does not feature in the other form.

For instance, if Taylor remains in the ODI and Twenty20 teams, Chigumbura will make decisions under pressure of being compared.

That has proved disastrous for a few teams.

I fear split captaincy will create cliques within the team and destroy team culture, which is the last thing a team last Zimbabwe, who rely more on collective effort than individual brilliance, needs.

Comments (2)

Anyone and anything apart from Brendan Taylor as capatain is a significant upgrade. That boy is a pathetic captain and an insult to the profession. The likes of Clive Loyd and Imran Khan are surely embarassed to have among their ranks in a position of such responsibility, one who is totally clueless like Taylor. Chigumbura was never and will never be that bad. So, well doen ZC fine appointment. All that's left is to make Hamilton Masakadza the Test captain, but I'm sure that't on they way. You didn't to draw to much attention.

ZCFOutkast - 28 July 2014

Anyone and anything apart from Brendan Taylor as captain is a significant upgrade. That boy is a pathetic captain and an insult to the profession. The likes of Clive Loyd and Imran Khan are surely embarassed to have among their ranks in a position of such responsibility, one who is totally clueless like Taylor. Chigumbura was never and will never be that bad. So, well done ZC. Fine appointment! All that's left is to make Hamilton Masakadza the Test captain, but I'm sure that's on the way. You didn't want to draw to much attention.

ZCFOutkast - 28 July 2014

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