Former captain of Proteas and currently the director of Cricket South Africa (CSA) Graeme Smith threw some lights on the absence of senior batsman Faf du Plessis in the recently announced the team for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021.
Du Plessis was not mentioned in the 15-member outfit announced by the CSA Convenor of Selectors on Thursday (September 9). Victor Mpitsang, called ” a group that is a world beat ”.
Du Plessis, widely regarded as one of the best T20 batsmen, has appeared in 50 T20I matches for his country, scoring 1,528 runs at an average of 35.53, including one hundred and ten half-centuries. The Pretoria boy is currently captain St lucia kings in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) and cracked a dazzling century last week.
Smith spoke of Faf’s omission from the Proteas T20 World Cup squad, saying Du Plessis is a ‘free agent’ and it is not possible to reach an agreement with the 37-year-old as he is no longer ‘ does not have a contract with CSA.
Smith said dealing with free players like Du Plessis should find a balance that works for the player as well as the board, and CSA struggled to find the balance so he was not included in the group.
‘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, ” says Smith as quoted by The South African.
South African team for T20 World Cup 2021: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), 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.