Alistair Campbell © Getty Images
Alistair Campbell requested in his letter that the resignation be back dated to October 1 © Getty Images

Harare: Alistair Campbell has announced his resignation from the role of Zimbabwe Cricket’s director of international cricket and commercial affairs. The 43-year-old former national captain had been appointed ZC’s managing director after Dav Whatmore was roped in as head coach of the national side earlier in January. He had previously served as the chief selector and chairman of the cricket committee. According to ESPNcricinfo, Campbell has requested in his letter to ZC chief executive Wilfred Mukondiwa for his resignation to be back-dated to October 1 so that he could serve his three-month notice period by the end of the year. Earlier in May, former national captain Prosper Utseya had accused Campbell of racial bias, claiming that the latter had played a role in his non-selection at the World Cup.

In January 2015 Campbell was appointed managing director of Zimbabwe Cricket. Zimbabwe Cricket chairman Wilson Manase was quoted as saying by sport24.co.za, “The changes are continuous. As you know, following the appointment of Dav Whatmore, we are also searching for a batting coach before the World Cup.” Campbell also served as a national selector for Zimbabwe Cricket, but stepped down in 2011. At the time he had said, “It has been the greatest of pleasures to select the sides that have spearheaded Zimbabwe’s return to Test cricket and I feel now that it would be best to concentrate my expertise on governing the structure of the game as part of the cricket committee. I have every confidence in the panel I leave behind and look forward to watching teams that are a true representation of the vast amount of talent and experience we have in this country,” Campbell added.