Vaughan To Step Down As England’s One-Day Captain - 18/06/2007
ECB Media Release
The England captain Michael Vaughan has informed the selectors that he intends to stand down as captain of England’s One-Day side with immediate effect.
Vaughan will continue as captain of the England Test side and an announcement about his replacement as One-Day captain will be made when the squad for The NatWest Series is announced this Friday.
Commenting on his decision, Michael Vaughan said: “Since our disappointing performances in the World Cup, I have been giving careful consideration as to what is the best way forward for the England One-Day team and my own role within the side. I reached this decision some time ago, but I did not want to announce it until after the end of this Test Series to avoid it becoming a distraction to the team.
“However, due to intense speculation in the media about my future, I feel it is important to make my intentions clear now. Our priority is to build a One-Day squad able to compete strongly at the next World Cup and I firmly believe that the interests of the team will be best served if I step down and allow another player to gain additional experience of captaincy in the One-Day International arena.
“I am committed to continuing as England’s Test captain for as long as I can be successful in the role. I enjoy the job and I also believe that I will be able to form a strong working relationship with whoever is appointed to the One-Day captaincy.
“I will continue to play One-Day cricket for Yorkshire and it is not my intention to retire from One-Day International cricket as a player. I do, however, fully appreciate that the new captain will need a period of time to establish his own authority over the team.”