Originally Posted by rivera213
Presumably because boards want their captain to take note of all that is going on whoever is bowling. I personally wouldn't want a bowler to be thinking about anything other than his own bowling.
I think spinners can potentially be good captains. It's astounding Shane Warne has never captained Australia. He's had some good captains, but I'd have chose him over Ponting every day of the week.
Imran Khan and Kapil Dev are the exceptions to the rule I feel (as far as seam bowlers as captain goes).
Of the names you listed, there really aren't any other candidates for the captaincy who haven't already tried their hand at it.
I don't like Dhoni or Gayle as captains but take out Tendulkar & Dravid from the India team regulars and you're left with Sehwag, Laxman, Dhoni, Khan, Ishant, Harbajhan. Sehwag as VC would be the best fit probably, but you aren't overwhelmed with natural leaders. In the WI set-up, only Gayle, Sarwan, Chanderpaul, Ramdin, Taylor & Edwards are defo's and none of them are natural leaders IMHO.
For Australia, there is Hussey & Katich who I believe could do equally as good a job as Ponting has. Michael Clarke will be a future Aussie captain I'm sure but it's too early for him.
I would personally say that Strauss, Khan, Vettori, Smith & Jayawardene are the best joices as captain.
So there really are no bowling candidates for captain in the current world XI's.
First of all I disagree that bowlers would find it difficult to concentrate on anything other than their bowling.
Secondly, I don't understand this spinner vs fast bowler theory as far as captaincy is concerned. I have heard no one talking about how good Glenn McGrath would have been as a captain. It is certainly a point I have pondered on, but there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest him being considered captaincy material, not even discussed about, which I find a great shame.
I do agree with your observation that batsmen tend to have generally longer shelf lives as compared to bowlers and that could be one of the reasons for their dominance in captaincy stakes. However, I disagree with two of your minute opinions. I regard Dhoni to be an astute captain, and would have loved to see how Murali captained Sri Lanka.