CAPE TOWN - Faf du Plessis has been reappointed as captain of the Proteas T20 squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan in March.
AB de Villiers has requested to stand down from role.
The Proteas will now have three different captains for the three formats.
Graeme Smith captains the test side while de Villiers will lead the ODI team.
Coach Gary Kirsten says now is the time to begin developing the next tier of leaders.
“With our T20 team and our One Day team, we are very much in an exploratory phase with a lot of different areas and our leadership is one of them. Graeme [Smith] has been a tremendous leader for this country in all formats for the past 10 years and we’ve made a decision to look for new leaders.”
Kirsten says it is good to develop a team filled with leaders.
“We’ve felt this is a nice opportunity for Faf to continue captaincy of the T20 team and that helps grow our leadership. We now have two guys that are leading the national team in different formats.”
Kirsten says de Villiers prefers not to play T20 cricket.
“We took on AB when I started my post for both formats. He’s expressed sometimes he feels he’s not sure about T20 cricket and that’s probably because of the workload more than anything.”