Ervine appointed substantive limited-overs captain

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Craig Ervine

Craig Ervine has been confirmed as Zimbabwe’s full-time white-ball captain after admirably leading the team on an interim basis since last year while Sean Williams has been retained as Test captain.

The appointment of Ervine as full-time skipper in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and T20Is and the decision to retain Williams as Test skipper were confirmed by the Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) board during its meeting held on Monday.

Ervine had captained Zimbabwe in an interim capacity during their limited-overs series in Ireland and Scotland last year.

He continued the captaincy duties during the ODI series in Sri Lanka earlier this year which the Chevrons lost 2-1.

Wicketkeeper batsman Regis Chakabva will be the vice-captain of the side across formats.

Chakabva has been enjoying a good run of form both with the bat and behind the stumps in international cricket, establishing himself as a very important member of the team in both Tests and limited overs matches.

The ZC board also decided to keep faith in Test skipper Williams despite his public fall-out with head coach Lalchand Rajput last year.

Williams initially announced his intention to resign from international cricket on the eve of the Ireland tour.

He has pointed out the bio bubble fatigue and uncertain future behind leaving international cricket. He also said that he was not happy with the way the team was progressing under Rajput’s watch.

However, he later reversed his decision and will now continue leading the nation in the five-day format.

The ZC board also confirmed that Mary-Anne Musonda and Josephine Nkomo would continue as captain and vice-captain of the Zimbabwe women’s team.

Meanwhile ZC revealed they are in the process of finalising the appointment of a bowling coach and a fitness trainer for the men’s side.

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