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Faf du Plessis retained as South Africa Test captain
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Faf du Plessis retained as South Africa Test captain

Faf du Plessis will continue as South Africa captain in the forthcoming three-Test series against India in October though his future as leader of the limited-overs side is clouded in uncertainty.

Cricket South Africa's (CSA) new acting director of cricket, Corrie van Zyl confirmed that the 35-year-old will remain in charge of the team in the longest format as they look to restrategize for the shorter forms of the game.

Van Zyl, who is heading the interim selection committee following the major management overhaul, stated CSA's priority was to draft a roadmap to success in the 2023 World Cup.

"Faf will be the captain of the Test team," said Van Zyl.

"But we need to look forward and we will talk about the white-ball strategy to 2023."

South Africa's tour to India will comprise of three T20 internationals before competing in the Test series that will count in the calculation of points for the World Test Championship.

The contemplation regarding the issue of captaincy comes after CSA implemented a radical reshuffle of the management structure which will now see them hire a football-style manager, who will oversee all aspects of the national team.

The new manager will be tasked with the appointment of a coaching staff, captains for all formats and medical and administrative personnel.

In the meantime, Chief Executive Thabang Moroe alongside Van Zyl will deliberate on the teams for the India tour.

"We want to see a more pro-active style of play with the team taking calculated risks and backing themselves," said Moroe.

'Bit of a disconnect between the players and CSA'

Moroe was concerned about growing tensions between CSA and the South Africa Cricketers' Association (SACA) suggesting more direct communication with players as a way to resolve this rift.

"There has been a bit of a disconnect between the players and the organisation (CSA)," he said.

"We want to streamline the system so decisions can be made almost instantaneously."

SACA chief executive Tony Irish has also confirmed relations amongst CSA and the players' body are quite bitter presently.

SACA is angered by the CSA decision to unilaterally restructure the domestic system.

Moroe hoped the hostility between the two bodies will subside in the next scheduled meeting.