Elton Chigumbura has resigned from his post as Zimbabwe captain in three formats of the game, Zimbabwe Cricket announced on Friday (January 22).
The 29-year-old all-rounder stepped aside from the leadership responsibilities shortly after leading his side to a series-leveling 18-run victory in the fourth and final Twenty20 International against Bangladesh in Khulna.
Chigumbura thanked his cricket board for the opportunity to lead the national side for the second time, adding that he enjoyed the challenges that came with the responsibility.
I have enjoyed the challenges that came with leading the team. Now I feel its the best time to leave it to the next guy to lead us so I can focus on my game as a player, said Chigumbura, adding, I am sure I will lead from the front as a senior player as I still believe I have more years of playing in me and of winning games for the team.
Chigumbura, who was replaced by Brendan Taylor in June 2011, was at the helm of affairs once again only in limited-overs though, when the captaincy was split in July 2014. Taylor continued as skipper for the Test format before eventually signing a deal with Nottinghamshire at the end of the ICC World Cup in March 2015, leaving Chigumbura in charge of all three teams for the second time in his career.
While Zimbabwe Cricket has accepted Chigumburas resignation, the board is yet to announce a replacement. The team's next international tour is likely to be a limited-overs overseas assignment in West Indies before they head to India for the ICC World Twenty20 in March-April.
We wish him the best with both bat and ball in his continued service to the game, said Wilfred MukondiwaZC managing director.