De Villiers quits ODI captaincy

 

De Villiers quits ODI captaincy
AB de Villiers will be available to play all three formats after relinquishing ODI captaincy. © Getty

Star South Africa batsman AB de Villiers has stepped down as the captain of the One-Day International side with immediate effect. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ অধিনায়কত্ব ছাড়লেন ডি ভিলিয়ার্স]

Making the announcement through a video released on his app, de Villiers pulled his weight behind Faf du Plessis, who has done a good job leading the Test and T20I teams.

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“Faf du Plessis has proved to be an outstanding captain of the T20 and Test teams, and bearing this in mind, I’ve informed Cricket South Africa that I would like to step down as captain of the ODI team,” de Villiers confirmed.

Known as Mr. 360 degree, AB de Villiers also felt that it was time for someone else to take over the role. “It has been an honour to lead the team for the past six years, but it is now time for somebody else to lead the ODI team forward,” he added.

The 33-year old stylish batsman last led the Proteas in ODIs during the Champions Trophy in May-June, which ended in major disappointment as the side couldn’t even make it past the Group Stages.

To be noted, Bangladesh will tour South Africa this summer. Bangladesh arrive towards the end of September while dates for the Indian tour are yet to be confirmed.

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com