Alistair Campbell (cricketer)

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Alistair Campbell
Personal information
Full name Alistair Douglas Ross Campbell
Born 23 September 1972 (1972-09-23) (age 42)
Salisbury
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Career statistics
Competition Tests ODIs
Matches 60 188
Runs scored 2858 5185
Batting average 27.21 30.50
100s/50s 2/18 7/30
Top score 103 131*
Balls bowled 66 509
Wickets 12
Bowling average 36.16
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match n/a
Best bowling 2/20
Catches/stumpings 60/- 76/-
Source: Cricinfo, 11 February 2006

Alistair Douglas Ross Campbell (born 23 September 1972 in Salisbury – now Harare) is a former Zimbabwean Test cricketer. In total he played 60 matches in his Test career, captaining Zimbabwe on 21 occasions. He also played 188 One Day Internationals, being captain in 86 of them. He retired from cricket in 2003.

A left-handed batsman, Campbell batted in the middle order in Test cricket but usually opened in One Day International cricket. After becoming the youngest ever Zimbabwean to make a first-class century he was selected for the 1992 World Cup in Australia, aged 19. He struggled throughout but in the coming years managed to cement his spot in the national side. On the 1993–94 Pakistan tour he scored 3 half centuries against the likes of Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis.

In October 1994 he fell painfully short of his maiden Test century when he was dismissed by Sri Lankan paceman Ravindra Pushpakumara for 99. This remained his highest Test score for five years until he brought up 3 figures against India at Nagpur in 2000–01. He scored one more Test century in his career, an innings of 103 the following season against the West Indies.

He was more successful in the ODI arena, making over 5000 runs and maintaining an average of over 30. His most prolific year was in 2000 when he made 960 runs at 38.40. Of his 7 hundreds, 2 of them were made against Australia.

Campbell took over the captaincy of Zimbabwe in 1996. He led them to a series victory in Pakistan in 1998–99, and also led the team to the Super Six stage of the 1999 World Cup. After 3 years in charge he stood down from the captaincy for what he stated as 'personal reasons'.

After not being selected for the 2003 World Cup, Campbell announced his retirement from international cricket only to reconsider when he was chosen to replace an injured Mark Vermeulen. Zimbabwe's final match of the World Cup turned out to be the final match of Campbell's career as he was never selected again for his country.

In July 2009, Alistair was re-inducted into Zimbabwe cricket after being selected Chairman of their Cricket Committee, a major step in the revival of the sport in the nation.[1] He is also the chief selector of the Zimbabwean national cricket team.

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Preceded by
Andy Flower
Zimbabwean national cricket captain
1996–1999/2000
Succeeded by
Andy Flower
Preceded by
Stuart Carlisle
Zimbabwean national cricket captain
2002/3
Succeeded by
Heath Streak