Faf du Plessis steps down as South Africa captain
Published: 03:55 PM, 17 February 2020
Faf du Plessis stepped down as South Africa's Test and T20I captain but he will continue playing as a senior batsman, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed it on Monday.
In a statement, Du Plessis said he was step down to give chance to the next generation to arm themselves under new captain Quinton de Kock.
Last month Quinton de Kock was named stand-in captain for the ODI series against England, with du Plessis being rested. Graeme Smith, South Africa's director of cricket, had then confirmed that the management was looking at de Kock as the permanent captain.
Du Plessis was appointed as South Africa's full-time T20I captain in February 2013, before he took over the Test captaincy from AB de Villiers in 2016. In September 2017, he was named the ODI captain. Under him, South Africa finished made the semi-finals of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in 2014 but failed to replicate that in the following edition in 2016.