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25-Jul-2014 10:13:00 GMT
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Brendan Taylor Loses ODI and T20 Captaincy

Harare: Zimbabwe have ushered in some major changes following the drawn ODI series with Afghanistan. Zimbabwe, who were leading the series 2-0, lost the last two matches as they failed to win the series.

Brendan Taylor, who was the captain in all three formats, has lost his ODI and T20I captaincy to Elton Chigumbura while Andy Waller was named director of coaching. Waller's replacement is assistant coach Stephen Mangongo. Mangongo led the team as a caretaker last year before the appointment of Waller.

Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) issued a statement stating, "The board decided to create the position of national director of coaching responsible for development of cricket from grassroots and grooming of coaches. Andy Waller was appointed to the position with immediate effect up to the end of his current contract and subject to renewal."

Chigumbura had led Zimbabwe before in 2010 following Prosper Utseya's resignation. However, Chigumbura suffered a dip in form and Taylor was given the captaincy in June 2011 when Zimbabwe returned to Test cricket.

Mangongo's first task will be to prepare the team for a one-off home Test against South Africa starting on Aug. 9, before Zimbabwe welcome Australia for a triangular ODI series also involving the Proteas later in the month.

Long-serving ZC chairman Peter Chingoka also stepped down on Thursday after 22 years at the helm of the game in the country. Chingoka has been criticised in the past for the way he managed the board's finances, particularly a $6 million loan from the International Cricket Council.

Vice-chairman Wilson Manase has taken interim charge of the board until elections are held to appoint a full-time successor.

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