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Zimbabwe Cricket Appoints Hamilton Masakadza National Team Captain


Zimbabwe players celebrate the dismissal of Pakistan's Ahmed Shahzad during a match at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Zimbabwe players celebrate the dismissal of Pakistan's Ahmed Shahzad during a match at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan, Sunday, May 24, 2015. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Zimbabwe Cricket has appointed Hamilton Masakadza as new captain of the national team following the resignation of Elton Chigumbura, who relinquished the position but said he would continue to feature for the national team.

Chigumbura resigned while the team was on tour in Bangladesh.

Sports analyst Muziwethu Hadebe told Voice of America's Studio 7 that although Masakadza showed his professionalism during his acting capacity, a younger captain would have benefited the team more.

"My personal opinion would have been for Zimbabwe Cricket to choose a younger captain to grow with the team but Musakadza has been with the team for a while and brings with him a wealth of experience so we will support him," said Hadebe.

Masakadza's experience has played 29 Tests, 165 one-day internationals and 44 T20s since his debut in 2001. He was Chigumbura's vice captain.

Leg spinner Graeme Cremer will act as the 32-year-old's deputy.

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