On Monday (17th February), Faf du Plessis has stepped down from the leadership role of the South African national cricket team. He released the full statement after taking that big decision.
The 35-year-old Faf du Plessis led the South African team in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 where the team finished in the seventh position out of 10 teams. Since that tournament, he hasn’t played the limited-overs international matches yet.
However, Faf du Plessis was continuously playing the captaincy role in Test cricket till South Africa’s last Test against England at Johannesburg. Faf was rested during the recently concluded entire home limited-overs series against England.
On Monday, ahead of the national team selection for the upcoming home T20I series against Australia, Faf du Plessis announced his quitting from all captaincy roles of the national side. However, he will continue his service for the national team as a senior member.
Talking about his stepping down from the captaincy roles of the national team, Faf du Plessis has claimed that he wants to help the growth of the next generation of leaders under the new leadership of Quinton de Kock.
The most successful T20I captain for South Africa, Faf du Plessis would love to continue his Test captaincy till the ongoing season and T20I captaincy till the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020, which will be played in Australia in October-November this year. But he feels that it is the right time to take this big decision.
Here is the full statement of Faf du Plessis
Many South African cricketers and other foreign cricketers have sent the congratulation and best messages to him. Some of the names are former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, former English star Kevin Pietersen, Kiwi all-rounder James Neesham, New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson, South African cricketers Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, former Proteas all-rounder JP Duminy etc.
On Monday, the Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the 16-member squad for the upcoming three-match home T20I series against Australia, starting on 21st February. Faf du Plessis has been named in this squad.