England tour of India - Cricket: Hussain urged to stay skipper beyond World Cup

Published: Tuesday, January 1, 2002, 21:32 [IST]
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London: A top English cricket official has said he hopes to persuade national captain Nasser Hussain not to quit following the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tim Lamb believed it would not be in the interests of English cricket if the 33-year-old, considered one of the country's best ever captains, walked away from the job. Hussain feels the time would be right after the next World Cup for him to stand down as England captain, according to Monday's Sun newspaper. "I took over from Alec Stewart after the last World Cup and it would complete a natural cycle," he said. Lamb, however, is determined to see Hussain carry on the good work he has started. He told Sky Sports News, "I haven't seen the exact quote that he made but I think it would be a shame if he did retire after the World Cup. "He's made a terrific impact since he took over and I think we just need to sit down and discuss the situation with him. I think Nasser and coach Duncan Fletcher have started to forge a really good working relationship and I very much hope that relationship will continue. "So although I've heard about the quote he has made, that he's thinking of stepping down, I very much hope he'll continue for a while yet." Since Hussain took over the job, England has lost only nine of the 27 Tests he has captained and he led the team to four successive Test series victories over Zimbabwe, West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka during the in 2001. Although he was unable to maintain that momentum with successive defeats against Australia and India, Hussain is regarded as England's most popular captain since Mike Brearley in the early 1980s.

Copyright AFP 2001

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