Faf du Plessis resigned as the captain of South African cricket team across all three formats. According to the Cricket South Africa national cricket’s news announced on Monday, he will be available for the selection albeit.
Faf du Plessis resigns from captaincy
Faf du Plessis led South Africa in 112 occasions and was recently replaced by Quinton de Kock as the ODI Skipper for the nation. On Monday he announced that he would be giving up on Test and T20I captaincy as well. The 35-year old earlier had admitted that he was primarily focusing on the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia in October and did not think of his international cricket future beyond that.
In a release today the former South African captain explained, “As the team heads into a new direction with new leaders and a young crop of players, I feel it will be in the best interests of South African cricket to relinquish the captaincy in all formats.” Du Plessis further claimed his decision selfless and said, “In a perfect world I would have loved to lead the team in the Tests for the rest of the season as well as the T20 World Cup, but sometimes the most important attribute of a leader is to be selfless.”
He added that he would be available for selection for the national team in full capacity. “I am healthy, fit, energised and motivated and certainly see myself playing an important role in the squad. I remain committed to play in all three formats of the game for now and will offer my knowledge and time to the new leaders of the team.”
Quinton de Kock might take charge
Du Plessis came under public scanner due to a disappointing World Cup 2019. Then the Test series thrashing in India and a 3-1 home loss to England in January he would like to forget soon. His individual form was not any great as well as he averaged only 20.92 in his last 14 test innings.
Quinton de Kock who was recently handed over the ODI captaincy is expected to take the charge of other two formats. Even du Plessis’ version suggested the same when he said, “This was one of the toughest decisions to make, but I remain fully committed to supporting Quinton.”