ZIMBABWE cricket selector Wayne James has been fired after differences with fellow selectors over the axing of Test skipper Brendan Taylor for the third one-day international (ODI) against South Africa last week.
The Bulawayo-born former national team cricketer was part of the selection committee comprising head coach Stephen Mangongo and the often controversial convener Givemore Makoni.
James, who played four Tests and 11 ODIs for Zimbabwe as a wicketkeeper batsman, said his dismissal came after a heated selection meeting on Wednesday in which he argued against the axeing of Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza.
Although Masakadza was latter spared the axe, Taylor was subsequently dropped from the playing XI for the third ODI against South Africa last Thursday.
“Apparently I was told on Friday that my services were no longer required on the selection committee,” the 49-year-old, who was the coach at Matabeleland Tuskers, said yesterday.