Faf du Plessis quits as South Africa captain, says Proteas need next generation of leaders
Senior batsman Faf du Plessis on Monday stepped down as captain of South Africa’s Test and T20 teams with instant result, pointing out “the need to facilitate the emergence of next generation of leaders”.
The 35- year-old Du Plessis, who stepped aside from the ODI captaincy to give way for wicket- keeper Quinton de Kock throughout the current series versus England, stated he took the decision to assist South Africa start a brand-new period.
“In a perfect world I would have loved to lead the team in the Tests for the rest of the season as well as the T20 World Cup,” du Plessis stated in a declaration.
“But sometimes the most important attribute of a leader is to be selfless. I am healthy, fit, energised and motivated and certainly see myself playing an important role in the squad for as long as I continue putting in winning performances for the team,” he added.
“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.”
Du Plessis was rested from the 3-match T20 series versus England which South Africa lost 1-2 on Sunday.
His decision comes less than a week prior to South Africa’s 3-match T20 campaign versus Australia, beginning here on Friday followed by 3 ODIs versus the exact same opposition.
“The last few weeks of rest away from the game have given me a lot of perspective on the great privilege and honour I have had in representing and leading my country in the three formats of this wonderful game,” du Plessis stated.
“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.”
Du Plessis called the decision as one of the most difficult however stated he stays totally dedicated to assist de Kock in the shift stage.
“This was one of the toughest decisions to make, but I remain fully committed to supporting Quinton, Mark (Boucher) and my teammates as we continue to rebuild and re-align as a group,” stated the 35- year-old right-hander.
Du Plessis took control of as South Africa captain for all 3 formats in August 2017 after AB de Villiers stepped down.
He led South Africa to a miserable 2019 ODI World Cup campaign, where the team crashed out in the group phases.
Du Plessis, nevertheless, is anticipated to maintain his location in the team for the 3 T20 s versus Australia after showing that he stays open for choice in all formats of the game.
“South African cricket has entered a new era. New leadership, new faces, new challenges and new strategies. I remain committed to play in all three formats of the game for now as a player and will offer my knowledge and time to the new leaders of the team,” he stated.
Speaking even more on his decision, Faf du Plessis stated the last season of his captaincy profession has actually ended up being tough.
” After the 2019 ICC World Cup, I made the decision to continue in my role as captain while the team went through a restoring stage following the retirement of some secret senior players and a total overhaul of the coaching personnel that we had actually dealt with till then.
“It was important to me that I stayed to help the team find its feet and plot a new way forward while assisting in identifying the next generation of leaders within the players’ group during a time of turbulence in SA cricket,” he stated.
“The last season of my captaincy has been the most challenging to date as I had a lot of off-field issues that I devoted my energy towards,” he added.