Cape Town: South Africa cricket team captain AB de Villiers has stepped down as One-Day captain. But he will be available for all three formats from mid-October onwards following discussions with CSA.
De Villiers has not played Tests since the final match of the series against England in January 2016. He was named full-time captain later that year, but an elbow injury kept him out of series against New Zealand and Australia.
He returned to international action in January with the One-Day side and captained South Africa in the Champions Trophy.
“Faf du Plessis has proved to be an outstanding captain of the T20 and Test teams, and bearing this in mind, I have informed Cricket South Africa that I would like to step down as captain of the ODI team,” de Villiers was quoted as saying by espncricinfo website. “It has been an honour to lead the team for the past six years, but it is now time for someone else to take the ODI side forward. Whoever is chosen as the new ODI captain will have my complete support.”
De Villiers’ timescale rules him out of the Test series against Bangladesh which begins at the end of September, which means his return to the longest format could come in the Boxing Day Test should CSA be able to arrange a fixture, or against India in the New Year.