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CREMER TIPPED FOR CAPTAINCY

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) is expected to restructure some of its organs as the organisation seeks to improve results on the field. By Kevin Mapasure – Zimbabwe Independent

Last year ZC made several changes before and after the new board led by Tavengwa Mukuhlani was elected into office.
Some of the changes that are in the pipeline include the re-introduction of the split captaincy arrangement for the senior national men’s team.

The ZC board is set to meet tomorrow to discuss the captaincy, among other issues.

It is believed that Hamilton Masakadza, who is the current captain for all formats, will lose the captaincy in the limited overs but will still skipper the Test team.

One-Day International (ODI) and T-20 captaincy could go to current vice-captain Graeme Cremer.

This will not be the first time that ZC has opted for split captaincy having had Brendan Taylor as the Test skipper while the limited overs fell under Elton Chigumbura who resigned last year.

Zimbabwe was not involved in any Test cricket last year but is expected to play matches against New Zealand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka later this year.

There might be changes in the selection panel with Walter Chawaguta expected to be thrust in while Kenyon Ziehl could lose his position as convenor.

It has been suggested that there could be a role for Tatenda Taibu in the selection panel or in the administrative structures.

Taibu made a return to the game after four years away from the game and has joined an English lower division side where he is playing club cricket.

He could make a return home to take up a bigger role, but he has ruled out playing again at the top level.

It is also likely there will be some shifting and shuffling in the administrative structure as well as in coaching departments.

Cremer could be appointed captain before Zimbabwe’s next assignment against India in Harare next month.

Zimbabwe will play India in three ODIs and the same number of T-20s starting June 11.

The team has since regrouped with players based in Harare having begun fitness and net sessions at Harare Sports Club this week.

Yesterday the players were taken through a 12 kilometer road run by bowling coach Makhaya Ntini and will hold a net session today.

The focus for the team this year will be to improve results particularly in the ODIs where Zimbabwe will be hoping to get an automatic International Cricket Council 2019 World Cup berth by breaking into the top eight.
That target currently looks beyond the Dav Whatmore-coached side which is ranked number 12 behind two associate sides Ireland and Afghanistan.

The senior national side is expected to travel to Namibia where they will play the hosts in preparation for the India tour.

 

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