Cricket South Africa (CSA) is likely to sack incumbent skipper Faf du Plessis from the leadership role in the limited-overs cricket. Meanwhile, du Plessis will continue to lead the Proteas in the Test cricket and will don the hat of the skipper’s hat in the Test series against India.
South Africa to revamp their leadership
South Africa didn’t have the best of the World Cup as they were knocked out in the early stages of the tournament. The Proteas were not able to get in the complete performances, and they had to pay the price. Faf du Plessis & Co finished seventh in the table with only three wins of their nine matches. As a result, CSA has sacked head coach Ottis Gibson and his entire team of support staffs. Since then, uncertainty raised over the current leadership.
There were speculations since Sunday whether Faf du Pless will continue to lead South Africa. While Sunday’s release made no mention of the same and now the acting director of Proteas cricket Corrie van Zyl has provided some clarity. Van Zyl confirmed that du Plessis will continue to lead in the Tests. However, who will be the skipper in the limited-overs will be decided how they plan for the next four years leading to the 2023 World Cup. They are likely to meet in the next two days to take a call on the same.
“It’s important to look forward to 2023 as well,” said Van Zyl. “We need a strategy to 2023, so in terms of appointing the captain, we will look at how we approach that. We are having a selection meeting in the next day and a half to confirm that. Faf will be the captain of the Test team and then we will talk about the white ball strategy to 2023 and how that will affect decision making,” he added.
South Africa is likely to witness a new skipper when they play India in the three-match T20I skipper. On the other hand, Faf du Plessis will continue to lead in the Tests when it begins on October 2.