Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has given a glowing endorsement of the T10 format. He believes that the 10-over per side game could be the best bet for cricket’s inclusion in the Olympics.
Earlier this year, the ICC confirmed that they will bid for cricket’s addition in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. However, with the T20 format now taking about or more than 3 hours per game, the governing body may choose to introduce the T10 format at the international level.
Faf du Plessis, who will be leading the Bangla Tigers in the upcoming season of the Abu Dhabi T10 League, believes that this new format is going to get more attention from fans considering its crisp nature.
“I have played three formats for a long time and I am still attracted to the T10 format. I think players like myself will keep looking at tournaments like this,” Faf du Plessis said during a virtual conference.
“The future of T10 is looking good. It’s a format that can be used in the Olympics. The quick nature of T10 also makes it attractive to the fans. I think T10 is only going to get better and better,” he added.
Through time in T20 cricket, I’ve got better at understanding my game plan: Faf du Plessis
The Abu Dhabi T10 League is scheduled to be played from November 19 to December 4 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Faf du Plessis didn’t feature for South Africa in the T20 World Cup, but before that, played a crucial role in the Chennai Super Kings’ title win in the UAE. The right-handed opener was the second-highest scorer in the IPL and is ready for the T10 tournament.
He asserted that moving from one format to another is about understanding your own game and chalking plans according to the pitches and situations.
“I think when you are moving from one format to the other, it’s about understanding your game. You need to think about the blueprint that you will need to follow which will give you consistent results.
“Through time in T20 cricket, I’ve got better at understanding my game plan on different pitches and making decisions about which bowlers I can take on and which bowlers I can’t take on during a game,” the South African added.
Faf du Plessis, 37, could be the overseas retention for CSK ahead of the IPL 2022 mega-auction. However, should MS Dhoni quit his CSK playing career, the former Protea skipper could also be the next CSK captain.