AB de Villiers quits as South Africa ODI captain, makes himself available for all three formats

Star batsman AB de Villiers quit as South Africa one-day international (ODI) skipper Wednesday, but committed to representing his country in all three cricket formats.

AFP, August 23, 2017

Johannesburg: Star batsman AB de Villiers quit as South Africa one-day international (ODI) skipper Wednesday, but committed to representing his country in all three cricket formats.

"Faf du Plessis has proved to be an outstanding captain of the Twenty20 and Test teams," he said in a statement.

"Bearing this in mind, I have informed Cricket South Africa that I would like to step down as ODI captain.

File image of South Africa's AB de Villiers. Reuters

File image of South Africa's AB de Villiers. Reuters

"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 rejected media claims that he was cherry-picking when to play for South Africa and putting himself before the team.

"That is simply not true. That has never been true. Playing for South Africa is, and will always be, the greatest privilege of my life," he said.

He missed the recent 3-1 Test series defeat in England.

De Villiers said mental and physical tiredness and raising a young family had forced him to take a temporary international break.

"I really do feel refreshed and revived," said the 33-year-old.

"I want to get back on the field and today assured the national selectors that I will be available for selection in all three formats of the game during the coming season.

"There is plenty of hard work ahead in the nets and I must prepare properly, but I will be ready to play, if required, from the middle of October.

"If I am lucky enough to be selected, I cannot guarantee runs and catches. Nobody can do that.

"But what I can absolutely guarantee is 100 percent commitment to the Proteas in every format of the game, as and when required.

"That was my promise when I made my debut in 2004, and that is my promise today."

South Africa host Bangladesh, India and Australia during the 2017-2018 season.

Updated Date: Aug 23, 2017

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114