Star South Africa batsman Faf du Plessis will lead South Africa in all the three formats of the game, Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced on Monday. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ তিন ফরম্যাটেই প্রোটিয়াদের অধিনায়ক ডু প্লেসিস]
The 33-year old takes over from AB de Villiers, who resigned as the ODI skipper a few weeks ago. Du Plessis was in charge when Proteas were hammered by England when they lost the Test series 3-1.
“Congratulations to Faf on his appointment as the natural successor to the ODI leadership,” CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.
“He has established himself as one of the best leaders in world cricket and this was reflected in his appointment as the captain for the World XI currently engaged in the T20 Series against Pakistan,” he added.
Du Plessis, who is in Lahore this week to lead a World XI in three T20 internationals against Pakistan, led South Africa to series wins against New Zealand (twice), Australia and Sri Lanka before South Africa were beaten in a recent series in England. He also captained South Africa to a 5-0 ODI sweep against Australia while De Villiers was injured.
To be noted, du Plessis’ first assignment as South Africa’s captain in all formats will be a home series against Bangladesh later this month, which consists of two Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com.