Former South African skipper Faf Du Plessis has got the backing of the country’s cricket board as they gave him a one-year contract extension. The board still believes that the former skipper can offer a lot as a senior statesman and as an experienced batsman across all formats for the national team. This news comes at a time when Faf was considering to hang up his boots post the ICC World T20 that will be held later this year.
Faf’s statistics don’t lie- they are extremely good and the Proteas will be banking on his experience in the T20 World Cup. Faf du Plessis was among the 16 recipients of the national contract for the 2020-21 season and will now be available for his country post the ICC World T20. He has played 65 Tests, 143 ODIs and 47 T20Is so far for the Proteas and has been a phenomenal figure of strength for his side.
The CSA has, however, held back on handing out the final contract. The reason is sending an incentive to those who did not make any cut. “We have decided to keep the 17th men’s contract open for the moment and players can qualify for it through performance,” CSA Acting Chief Executive Jacques Faul said in a statement on Monday.
The final list of players to handed out contracts by CSA are as follows: Faf du Plessis, Beuran Hendricks, De Kock, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Dwaine Pretorius, Tabraiz Shamsi, Aiden Markram, Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, Anrich Nortje, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada, Dean Elgar, Reeza Hendricks and Andile Phehlukwayo.
Every cricketer or athlete goes through a phase of self-doubt where he feels nothing is going right for him. The burden of captaining a South African side san some of their biggest names and all the burden of performing for the team falling on him caused a severe dip in form for Faf as a batsman across formats in the past 12-15 months.
This decision to give him a player’s contract will definitely boost the morale of Faf Du Plessis. South Africa could surely use the talent and experience of the 35 year old as they look to build a strong side in the coming years.