On Monday, South Africa Test skipper Faf du Plessis also appointed as the ODI skipper of the Proteas and that will be an addition to his leadership roles in Test and T20Is.
Currently, Du Plessis is in Lahore to lead the World XI for 3 T20Is against Pakistan. He got this opportunity as AB de Villiers stepped down as ODI skipper despite an earlier stated ambition to lead South Africa to the 2019 World Cup.
In a statement released by CSA, chief executive Haroon Lorgat said, “Congratulations to Faf on his appointment as the natural successor to the ODI leadership. He has established himself as one of the best leaders in world cricket and this was reflected in his appointment as the captain of the World XI currently engaged in the T20 Series against Pakistan.”
Du Plessis has a great leadership record since his appointment as T20 captain in 2012. He was elected as full-time Test skipper in 2016 after De Villiers missing two series because of injury. He also led the South Africans to series wins against New Zealand (twice), Australia and Sri Lanka before losing to England recently.
Faf also led South Africa when they clean swept Australia in the 5-match ODI series while De Villiers was injured. South Africa’s next international assignment is at home against Bangladesh for two Test matches, starting on September 28, followed by 3 ODIs and 2 T20I.