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Willis, Botham slam ECB's triple captaincy plan.

London, May 12(ANI): Former England cricketers Bob Willis and Ian Botham have slammed England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)'s decision to split the captaincy at the international level between Andrew Strauss, Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad.

Strauss remains at the helm of the Test side, but his decision to step away from the one-day cricket has led to Cook being put in charge of the 50-over team and Broad being given the Twenty20 job instead of Paul Collingwood.

The decision makes England the first nation in world cricket to name different captains for the three formats of the game.

Willis believes Strauss' decision to stick to just the longest form of the game was "very disappointing" and mocked the England's Ashes-winning captain for citing exhaustion as the reason.

"Three captains? It's a bad idea. How can you have three captains?" The Daily Express quoted Willis, as saying.

"I was very disappointed with Andrew Strauss. He says he's tired after a long winter - poor chap. Alastair Cook was not even in the original 30 for the World Cup and the only reason Stuart Broad is Twenty20 captain is because he is the only player guaranteed to be in the team apart from Kevin Pietersen and they have already gone down that line," he added.

Botham also expressed particular concern saying that he doesn't think giving one-day captaincy to Cook is a bright idea.

"He is just really establishing himself as a Test batsman. He will be tempted to change his technique and try to nurdle quick runs and I think that will cost him Test runs," Botham said.

"I find it a little strange too, as he wasn't even in the 50-over squad this year, but good luck to him," he added. (ANI)

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