What is it about captaincy that provokes virtually irrational behaviour on the part of cricketers? On the one hand, they all die to be captain, but once they have had a taste of the job and have had it for a few years, they want to throw it away.
Not all of them do it as dramatically as Michael Vaughan of England did, with tears in his eyes that brought back memories of 1984 when Kimberley John Hughes surrendered to his own inadequacies and got lachrymose while giving up the job. In Hughes' case, the tears were, perhaps, understandable because he led Australia at a most difficult time in its cricket history.
The Packer players, who were the obvious big starts of cricket, came back into the national team in 1980 and Hughes would have felt the pressure the most, especially in times when the West Indies were almost unbeatable in any form of the game. In Vaughan's case, it is more difficult to fathom this big, teary farewell.Read More »from Pietersen gets into the hot seat