Faf du Plessis has decided step down from captaincy for all three formats. Cricket South Africa released a statement regarding Du Plessis’s decision and said that time was the right to hand over the leadership role to someone like Quinton de Kock.
Wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock was named captain of the side for the three-match one-day series against England. Faf du Plessis had been rested for the one-day series and also did not make an appearance in the T20I series. Former Captain is expected to make a return to the side for Australia series.
Faf du Plessis was also captain of South Africa in Test cricket for the four years. South Africa’s next assignment is against West Indies in the Caribbean so Cricket South Africa has made no decision as to who will be the new Test captain for South Africa.
The 36-year old in his decision clearly acknowledged the support of Cricket South Africa, his players and fans in all three years. He said that it was best interest for the national side that I relinquish the captaincy post from all three formats. Du Plessis said that he will fully support the new captain and head coach Mark Boucher as aim to build a team for the future.
In 2013, Faf du Plessis was appointed T20I captain for South Africa. In 2017, he took over one-day captaincy after AB De Villiers decided to retire from international cricket. He is the only South African to win a home and away series against Australia in Test and limited-overs cricket.
However, Du Plessis will be available for all three formats. He stressed on the fact that he needs to be a part of the side in order to transfer his knowledge and experience to young players, who aim to play for South Africa for a long time.
Faf du Plessis said that he has always worked hard to deliver the best for South Africa whether as a player or as a captain across all three formats.