Flower hopes triple captaincy England cricket plan works

Last Updated: May 06, 2011, 15:28 PM IST

London: England cricket team director Andy Flower has expressed hope that the decision to have three separate captains at the international level will work.

“I hope and believe the new leadership team can work. It has never been tried before so we are excited about the opportunity it provides us.

Flower was referring to the appointment of Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad as captains of the Test, one-day and Twenty 20 sides respectively.

“We don’t know 100 per cent whether it will work or be the most effective and efficient system, but we are going to give it a try. With the quality of people with us we form a good leadership team,” The Telegraph quoted Flower, as saying.

Flower faces tough challenges ahead, and probably does not know how differences of opinion over who plays in each of the sides is settled.

Flower will have to make that call, as he does already for Tests in collusion with Strauss, but you can see how it might quickly become messy.

The captain as single benevolent dictator is no more, and in his place is a triple-headed beast.

A system involving three points of reference for players involved in all three formats does not appear ideal, but Flower, the principle architect, believes his grand experiment is the way forward.

Bureau Report