A hilarious controversy sparked when the Twitter handle of the Internation Cricket Council (ICC) posted and later deleted a photo of former South Africa captain, Faf du Plessis holding his crotch. ICC took to Twitter to announce the squad of the Protea team to travel to Pakistan.
However, it wasn’t exactly the friendliest of the images the governing body used. Du Plessis, standing alongside teammates Quinton De Kock and Tabraiz Shamsi, is seen adjusting his groin guard – quiet a PG image. A groin guard or protector is a piece of protective equipment used to protect an athlete’s groin region
The admin of ICC’s social handle quickly realized the notorious mistake and deleted the post. But things spread like a wildfire on social media – the ICC couldn’t escape as some of the fans have taken screenshots and downloaded the image already before it was deleted.
ICC deleted this Pic..🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/pjtry3SVlB
— Curious_me (@FreeStyle_Yes) January 8, 2021
Faf du Plessis gets out on 199; South Africa whitewash Sri Lanka
Faf du Plessis, who earlier in the year stepped down from Test captaincy duties, recorded his highest Test score in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka. In the first Test of the series at the SuperSport Park in Centurion, the right-hander fell one run short of his maiden Test double hundred.
Despite South Africa not doing well in the last couple of years, the 36-year-old has averaged more than 40 since 2019. The hosts whitewashed Sri Lanka 2-0 under their new captain, Quinton de Kock.
Next, the wicket-keeper batsman will lead the Proteas against Pakistan for 2 Tests and 3 T20I; the team for the same has been announced by Cricket South Africa. They will tour Pakistan for the first time in 14 years.
South Africa will receive a major boost by the return of fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada, who is the leader of the bowling department that includes 9 pacers!
Uncapped seamers Daryn Dupavillon and Ottniel Baartman are being given their maiden call-ups for the national Test squad. Tabraiz Shamsi and George Linde will support Keshav Maharaj in the spin department. All-rounder Dwaine Pretorius has recovered from a hamstring injury and will be in contention for a spot in the eleven.
South Africa will leave next Friday on a commercial flight and will quarantine in Karachi ahead of the Test series which commences on 26 January in Karachi.
South Africa squad: Quinton de Kock (captain), Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, Faf du Plessis, Dean Elgar, Kagiso Rabada, Dwaine Pretorius, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Rassie van der Dussen, Anrich Nortje, Wiaan Mulder, Lutho Sipamla, Beuran Hendricks, Kyle Verreynne, Sarel Erwee, Keegan Petersen, Tabraiz Shamsi, George Linde, Daryn Dupavillon, Ottniel Baartman.