Du Plessis reveals retirement plan
Faf du Plessis, the captain of South Africa cricket team, has revealed his plan for T20I farewell.
The Proteas captain said the ICC World T20 2020 to be held in Australia will draw the curtain on his international T20 career.
While addressing the media ahead of his team’s one-off T20I fixture against Australia on Saturday night, du Plessis shared his thoughts about bringing an end to illustrious T20 career at the top level.
“The T20 World Cup is in Australia and that’s not too far away, so hopefully we’ll be back for that and that will probably be my last international tour I would think,” du Plessis said.
According to him, by the ICC World T20 2020, he will be 36, which is the perfect time to sing his swansong.
He also opined that the strength of the domestic T20 leagues around the world made it difficult for national sides to consistently – if ever – field their strongest sides outside the World T20 tournament, suggesting it is an issue that needs to be looked at by the game’s governing body.
“From our perspective, T20 cricket for us over the last two or three years has been a case of bringing in the young guys, giving them an opportunity, so we never really play our strongest XI, which isn’t great for the international game,” he said.
“Football (has) a situation where it’s playing for your clubs and then there’s an international tournament. In my opinion that’s a good place for T20 cricket to be in, because you shouldn’t be trying to compete with the leagues because they are so strong at the moment.”