Faf du Plessis steps down as South Africa skipper across all formats

Faf du Plessis has quit as South Africa captain across all three formats of cricket. He will remain available for selection as a player, Cricket South Africa announced on Monday.

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CSA took to social media to make the announcement with a post reading,

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“Faf du Plessis has announced that he is stepping down from his role as captain of the Proteas’ Test and T20 teams effective immediately

On explaining his decision, the 35-year old cited the reason to pave way for next generation leaders. He said he is rather contented to concentrate on his individual performance as the T20 World Cup is progressing.

In a statement, du Plessis said, “The last few weeks of rest away from the game have given me a lot of perspective on the great privilege and honor I have had in representing and leading my country in the three formats of this wonderful game.

“It has been a rewarding, sometimes tough and other times a lonely road, but I would not replace the experience for anything, because it has made me the man that I am proud to be today,” he said. 

When I took over the leadership, I did so with the commitment to lead, perform and most importantly, to serve. As the team heads into a new direction with new leaders and a young crop of players, I feel it will be in the best interests of South African cricket to relinquish the captaincy in all formats.

“This was one of the toughest decisions to make, but I remain fully committed to supporting Quinton, Mark and my teammates as we continue to rebuild and re-align as a group,” he added.


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