Cricket South Africa (CSA) has formally announced Faf du Plessis as their full-time skipper in all three formats of the game.
Plessis, who took over the Test captaincy last year after AB de Villiers’s resignation from the post, was pipped to be the man to take over the charge after de Villiers resigned from limited-overs captaincy as well. Without any surprises, CSA made the news official, a few days ahead of the start of series against Bangladesh,
“Congratulations to Faf on his appointment as the natural successor to the ODI leadership. He has established himself as one of the best leaders in world cricket and this was reflected in his appointment as the captain of the World XI currently engaged in the T20 Series against Pakistan,” an official statement from the board read as.
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As mentioned in the note, Plessis is currently leading the World XI side in the three matches T20I series against Pakistan. Other than Plessis, Morne Morkel, Hashim Amla, and David Miller are the other South African players in the World XI team.
Plessis though have to wait for more than a month to lead his side in the limited-overs format as a full-time captain, as Bangladesh is to travel South Africa for two Tests, three ODIs and two T20Is.
The series will kick off with two Test matches to be played from September 28 and October 26 in Potchefstroom and Bloemfontein, respectively. Following that, the limited-over series will start, with the final game to be played on October 29.
Apart from a new captain, the South African team will also get a new coach, as Ottis Gibson will join the team this week, around ten days before the start of series against Bangladesh. The camaraderie between the two new men in the job would be interesting to see.
Meanwhile, South Africa will miss the services of former skipper AB de Villiers in Test cricket once again. In January early this year, he had already revealed his plan to miss the Bangladesh Tests as well as he is targeting the upcoming India tour of South Africa to make a comeback in the longest format of the game.