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Taylor to lose captaincy

Opening batsman Tino Mawoyo is in line to take over as the national cricket team’s Test captain from Brendan Taylor, who will remain skipper for the limited overs’ version, if the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) board’s proposals are implemented.

Report by Kevin Mapasure

ZC is proposing separating the captaincy of Tests and limited overs’ versions of the game to lessen responsibilities so the respective players can concentrate on their game.

According to impeccable sources, the ZC board is exploring two options which are to either retain Taylor as the limited overs’ captain and give Mawoyo the Test duties, or leave him as Test skipper and hand the limited overs captaincy to Hamilton Masakadza.

Mawoyo is not a regular in the one-day internationals and T20s.
The source said the board wanted to lessen the burden of captaincy on Taylor who has skippered all three formats in the past two years since taking over from Elton Chigumbura.

“There is consensus that captaincy duties should be separated as is the case with other top cricket playing nations,” said the source. “Taylor is likely to lose the Test captaincy to Mawoyo but there is a possibility he could lose the ODI captaincy and retain the Test. What is certain to happen is he is going to lose one or two of his three roles.”

It is likely, however, that Taylor would prefer to retain captaincy in the premier format of the game in the Tests, but it is unlikely he would be consulted.

Among other proposals the board is seriously deliberating on is the possible inclusion of the national team coach in the selection panel.
After the death of former national team coach Kevin Curran, who was one of three selectors, the board is likely to retain Givemore Makoni as convenor, with Wayne James and the new national coach completing the panel.

Current coach, Alan Butcher’s contract with the team runs out in April next year meaning Zimbabwe’s tour of the West
Indies would be his last in that role.

His assistants Heath Streak, Grant Flower and Steve Mangongo are expected to apply for the job; foreign coaches are also expected to gun for the post. The deadline is today.

Butcher clashed with the national selectors last year over selection decisions, and to curb such friction the national coach will have a say on the composition of the team.

Meanwhile, the tour itinerary for Zimbabwe’s visit to the West Indies has been released confirming that the two nations would engage in a two-Test series preceded by three ODIs and two T2Os, starting on February 22 and spanning a month.

Tour schedule:
February 22, 1st ODI at Grenada National Stadium, Grenada;
February 24, 2nd ODI at Grenada National Stadium, Grenada;
February 26, 3rd ODI at Grenada National Stadium, Grenada;
March 2,1st T20 at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua;
March 3, 2nd T20 at Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Antigua;
March 12, 1st Test at Kensington Oval, Barbados;
March 20, 2nd Test at Windsor Park, Dominica.

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