Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has announced Sean Williams as their new Test cricket team captain while Chamu Chibhabha will lead the limited-overs side. ZC said that the appointments were recommended by former captain and current director of cricket, Hamilton Masakadza.
BREAKING: @ZimCricketv has named Sean Williams as substantive Test captain, while Chamu Chibhabha will lead the ODI and T20I sides as interim skipper. We wish both of them all the best in their new roles #NewCaptains #Congratulations 👏🏏🇿🇼@sean14williams @chamulaw pic.twitter.com/XwOIZcUlPA
— Zimbabwe Cricket (@ZimCricketv) January 7, 2020
“The role of captain is an honor and a responsibility which Sean and Chamu thoroughly deserve, both of them being exceptional players and great servants of our game over the years,” said Masakadza.
“I am delighted that they have accepted their new roles, and I extend my congratulations to them and wish them all the best as they help to take Zimbabwe to the next level,” added Masakadza.
Williams has played 179 international matches, whereas Chibhabha has 139 international games to his name. Chibhabha’s last appearance for his side came in 2018 in a T20 match against South Africa.
ZC also announced a two-match Test series against Sri Lanka to be played in Harare this month. The opening Test is scheduled from 19-23 January and the last game from 27-31 January. This will be their first assignment since reinstatement as an ICC member back in October 2019.
“Sri Lanka are always a very competitive team who have been playing well and I am looking forward to the Test series,” said Zimbabwe’s head coach Lalchand Rajput.
“We know our home conditions better; our players are getting match-fit and enjoying some game time. So all we have to do is to get in the middle and perform,” he said. “We have not had much game time, so the players will be very keen and eager to seize this opportunity and do well,” Rajput added.