Faf du Plessis has stepped down as South African captain across all three formats of cricket, confirmed Cricket South Africa on Monday.
City Press reports that Du Plessis said he wants to take a step back from captaincy to allow a new generation of leaders to develop in the side.
Du Plessis said in the statement:
“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. 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.
“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.
“After the 2019 ICC World Cup‚ I made the decision to continue in my role as captain while the team went through a rebuilding phase following the retirement of some key senior players and a complete overhaul of the coaching staff that we had worked with until 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. 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.
Du Plessis’s service
Du Plessis has captained SA in a total of 112 international matches across all three formats since December 2012 when he led the team for the very first time against New Zealand in a T20 series.
Who is taking over
Quinton de Kock has emerged as potential captain across all three formats in the short to medium term