So it's now allowed to recycle old captains? It seems like the West is just rolling with this.
Personally, I'd like to see captaining done by different players each year. Following the completion of the 1st Team Challenge, I suggested we attempt to rotate captains and make it a one time deal for any individual. That suggestion was immediately met with resistance and good reasoning not to enforce such limitation. It is not my intention, nor was it ever my intention to enforce my opinion on this matter. As such, I stated last year that each side is in full control of how they select their captain, no restrictions, other than determining who the captain will be has to be done before
the qualifying process for their side begins. Because, the captain on each side defines their teams player selection process.
By the way, being captain grants you an automatic spot on your team. You are the 1st qualified. Also, as captain, it is your choice, which rounds, if any, you will play in; all, none or some. No player is required or guaranteed to play any certain number of rounds. Any restrictions or guarantees in this regard are strictly up to the captains for their team. Each team captain is free to create (or not) restrictions and/or guarantees independent of what the other team captain does.