South Africa Test and T20I captain Faf du Plessis has hinted at retiring from International cricket after ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which is two years away. He is heading himself towards the mega event.
“I see myself heading towards the 2019 World Cup playing all formats of the game and then calling time on my career,” du Plessis said in an interview in the May 2017 edition of GQ Magazine.
Current Proteas ODI skipper AB de Villiers handed over Test captaincy to du Plessis last summer. AB also decided to stay away from Test cricket for few series. du Plessis says that he respects his decision but he doesn’t agree to it.
“I can’t sit and say he should be playing Test cricket because the guy has been doing it for 12 years and 106 Test matches. It translates to so much time away from home and people have to understand that there is a human side of the decision to consider.
“However, from a cricket point of view, I would obviously be the first to say that AB needs to play Tests for South Africa because he is one of the best batsmen in the world. For him, it’s about spending more time at home and getting to the 2019 World Cup. He wants to ensure he remains mentally fresh and his body is still going strong. I fully respect AB’s decision but I don’t agree with it,” he said.
32-year-old du Plessis made his First-class debut way back in 2004 but debuted in International cricket seven years later in 2011. He is currently one of the consistent batsmen in the South African team. He played for Lancashire on a Kolpak deal before his International debut.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com