Faf du Plessis, Chennai Super Kings
Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have apologised for their social media gaffe, in which they congratulated Lungi Ngidi but failed to mention Faf du Plessis and Imran Tahir for their IPL 2021 victory with Chennai Super Kings.

MS Dhoni’s CSK clinched their fourth IPL title Friday night with a 27-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai. Faf du Plessis starred with the bat, scoring 86 runs off 59 balls and bagged the Man of the Match award.

CSA, however, congratulated only pacer Lungi Ngidi and not Faf du Plessis and Imran Tahir. Ngidi and Tahir weren’t in the eleven in the final but were part of CSK’s squad.

Lungi Ngidi, CSA
CSA’s post which is now deleted.

This created a furore on social media, and criticism was sent CSA’s way, due to which they then deleted the post. A new post was added with a specific mention of Faf du Plessis. The Marketing team then issued an apology for this blunder.

“CSA regrets any unintended harm that may have been caused by the social media post, which went out this morning. There was no intention to purposefully omit any player. We apologise UNEQUIVOCALLY to all impacted persons,” the CSA Marketing department stated.

It is also to remembers that, in spite of his dream form, Faf du Plessis, who is a ‘free agent’ and not contracted by the board anymore, hasn’t been selected in South Africa’s T20 World Cup squad.

Faf du Plessis reacts on CSA’s post; Dale Steyn slammed the board

Clearly, Faf du Plessis, who finished as the second-highest run-scorer in IPL 2021, was unhappy with this, and he promptly replied with “really???”

Dale Steyn was extremely annoyed with this treatment his former teammates were being given.

The fast bowler wrote: “Who’s running this account? Last I checked Faf isn’t even retired, Imran isn’t retired, both these guys have given years of service to CSA and they not worth a mention? Disgusting.”

Faf du Plessis reacts on CSA's post; Dale Steyn Slammed CSA
Faf du Plessis reacts on CSA’s post; Dale Steyn Slammed CSA

Steyn then took to Twitter to further lambast the CSA.

“CSA opening a can of worms for themselves with their Twitter and Instagram. Whoever’s running those accounts needs a talking too,” he tweeted.

“CSA now blocked the comments section. Here’s some advice. Do the right thing. Delete the post and add all the men involved, save yourself the embarrassment and ridicule,” the former pacer added.

South Africa will start their T20 World Cup campaign on October 23 versus Australia in Abu Dhabi.

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