Streak quits, Taibu takes over

Zimbabwe Captain Heath Streak has resigned and was immediately replaced by wicket-keeper Tatenda Taibu.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Zimbabwe Captain Heath Streak has resigned and was immediately replaced by wicket-keeper Tatenda Taibu, the Zimbabwe Cricket Union (ZCU) said. Streak resigned on Friday after he allegedly made several demands including the team selection criteria and the immediate review of the selection panel, which the ZCU said they could not meet. "Streak raised a number of issues and demanded that they be met by Monday or else he would resign from all forms of cricket," said the ZCU. "Instead of accepting his demands, the ZCU board unanimously accepted his resignation from all forms of cricket with immediate effect." Demands not met Streak had earlier presented the cricket union's board of directors with an ultimatum during their quarterly meeting. He had wanted the selection panel to be reduced from five to four, all of whom should have played first class or Test cricket. "None of the black directors currently running the game in the country meet these criteria," said ZCU. Streak wanted the panel trimmed from five members to four, and for all to have played first-class or Test cricket. He said he had no confidence in the teams being selected, and was also unhappy at the team management, led by coach Geoff Marsh. Streak was first appointed captain in 2000, but resigned when it affected his form. He was reappointed in 2002. Since his debut in 1993, he has played 59 Tests and last month became the first Zimbabwean to take more than 200 wickets. He averaged 23 with the bat with one century against the West Indies last November. Streak also played in 183 one-day internationals. Youngest skipper Taibu, 20, becomes the new captain and will take charge of the team for the first time when Zimbabwe plays against Sri Lanka in two weeks time. Taibu will become the first black to lead Zimbabwe, and at 20, the youngest in Test history. He will overtake the record currently held by Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who was 21 years 77 days old when he first captained India in the West Indies in 1961-62. (With wire inputs)