Faf du Plessis steps down from captaincy in Tests and T20Is.
Faf du Plessis has sought retirement after being captain of South Africa’s Test and T20I sides with immediate effect.
Faf du Plessis has announced he is stepping down as South Africa captain from all formats! pic.twitter.com/ukBYGgduiX
— ICC (@ICC) February 17, 2020
Quinton de Kock was named stand in captain for the ODI series against England, as du Plessis being rested.
“The last few weeks of rest away from the game have given me a lot of perspective on the great privilege and honour I have had in representing and leading my country in the three formats of this wonderful game. It has been a rewarding, sometimes tough and other times a lonely road, but I would not replace the experience for anything, because it has made me the man that I am proud today”, says Faf Du Plessis.
He also added,
” When I took over the leadership, I did so with the commitment to lead, perform and most importantly, to serve.”
Plessis wants new & young leader to serve nation better. He said,
” I feel it will be in the best interests of South African cricket to relinquish the captaincy in all formats. This was one of the toughest decisions to make your teams but I remain fully committed to support Quinton, Mark & my team members.”
Though after the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, he made decision to continue as captain but he failed to give better results as skipper.
He also added,
” I’m healthy, fit, energised and motivated and certainly see myself playing an important role in the squad for as long as I continue putting in winning performances for the team. South African cricket has entered a new era. New leadership, new faces, new challenges and new strategies. ”
He also committed to play in all three formats of the game as a player only. And will help by offering his experiences.
Graeme Smith, South Africa’s director of cricket, then confirmed that the management was looking at Quinton de Kock as the permanent captain as South Africa next host Australia for three T20Is, starting on Friday, followed by three ODIs.