Cricket South Africa (CSA) director and former captain of South Africa, Graeme Smith, spoke about leaving the former captain Faf du Plessis from the newly announced national team for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021 to be held from 17 October in the UAE and Oman.
Faf du Plessis has repeatedly stated his desire to play in the next T20 World Cup for South Africa. Du Plessis is widely regarded as one of the best T20 batsmen on the planet. In 50 T20I matches for his country, the right-hander scored 1,528 runs at an average of 35.53, including a century and ten half-centuries.
He even scored an amazing century for the St Lucia Kings in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament. However, he, along with Imran Tahir and Chris Morris, are two of the other experienced South African cricketers who have not been selected in the T20 World Cup squad.
You need to find the balance that works for both the team as well as the free agents: Graeme Smith leaves Faf Du Plessis away
Du Plessis, who retired from Test cricket in February 2021, is now considered a free agent as he does not have a central contract with South African cricket. Graeme Smith explains why he left the former Proteas captain out of the T20 World Cup squad.
Smith said talks had been held with 37-year-old Faf du Plessis, but said it was not possible to reach an agreement with the former captain who is now considered a ‘free agent’ as he is no longer has not been contracted with CSA.
‘When working with free agents, you need to get together. You need to find the balance that works for the team as well as the free agents. With Faf in particular, we struggled to find the balance, ” Smith told South African.com.
Smith also spoke about the consideration of Imran Tahir, 42, for the ICC event, saying:He has had a good run and he is still successful, but we are very confident in the spin bowlers we have available.
Proteas Group for ICC T20 2021 World Cup: Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen
Travel reserves: George Linde, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lizaad Williams