Faf du Plessis has stepped down from his position as South Africa’s Test and T20I skipper. Citing the need to give the next generation of leaders enough room to establish their leadership credentials, du Plessis has relinquished his captaincy duties.
Despite resigning from the post of skipper, du Plessis has communicated his motivation to continue serving the team and play the role of an experienced campaigner who grooms the younger members of the side. Du Plessis’ decision to step down comes in the aftermath of 3-1 Test series defeat to England at home, which attracting a lot of criticism from the media.
“In a perfect world I would have loved to lead the team in the Tests for the rest of the season as well as the T20 World Cup, but sometimes the most important attribute of a leader is to be selfless. I am healthy, fit, energised and motivated and certainly see myself playing an important role in the squad for as long as I continue,” du Plessis said in a press release.