Bavuma, Elgar named new captains of South Africa
Temba Bavuma and Deal Elgar have been confirmed as the new full-time captains of South Africa on Thursday (March 4).
While Bavuma will lead the Proteas in the limited-overs formats (ODIs and T20Is), Elgar will take over the leadership of the Test side. Bavuma will be Elgar’s deputy in Tests.
According to a statement by Cricket South Africa (CSA), the Proteas will take part in the 2021 and 2022 ICC T20 World Cups as well as ICC World Cup 2023 under Bavuma.
Elgar will take over the reins into the next cycle of the ICC World Test Championship.
The appointments come after Quinton de Kock’s decision to stand down from captaincy in all three formats.
De Kock started out as captain of the limited-overs sides last season, and was also made the Test captain this summer. But he was not interested in the captaincy job, and following South Africa’s tour to Pakistan, was granted a “mental health” break.
“We are grateful to Quinton for the work he has put in as captain of the team in the limited-overs formats and are indebted to him for stepping up while the National Selection Panel continued its search for the Test captain. We expect him to still play an integral role in the team’s leadership group,” said CSA’s Director of Cricket (DoC), Graeme Smith in a statement.
“We as CSA are pleased with the appointments of Temba and Dean and believe that we have the men who will lead the Proteas back to their winning ways of old. The pair bring the required stability in both leadership and form to turn the ship in the direction that will eventually bring trophies back to the cabinets,” he also added.
The newly appointed limited-overs skipper Bavuma, who was not even in contention for a spot at the last 50-over World Cup in England in 2019, said it was an honour to be backed in this capacity.
“Captaining the Proteas has been a dream of mine for many years as those closest to me would know. This is one of the greatest honours of my life so far and I am looking forward to picking up where Quinny (de Kock) has left off in leading the team into the new culture that we have developed and continue to work on,” said Bavuma.
Elgar also echoed similar sentiments.
“I’ve always said that to captain your country in any form of the game is the biggest honour that a player can be fortunate to receive. To captain my country’s Test team, which I believe to be the pinnacle of the game, is the biggest highlight of my career and I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent my country in such an important way,” he said.