Faf du Plessis has said that he has no intentions of retiring from either of the formats until the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 © Getty Images
Faf du Plessis has said that he has no intentions of retiring from either of the formats until the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 © Getty Images

South Africa‘s Test and Twenty20 International (T20I) skipper Faf du Plessis has hinted that he could call time on his career following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, slated to be held in England. However, he has said that he has no intentions of retiring from either of the formats until then. Du Plessis also hinted that along with him, a few senior players too could call time on their careers, post the Cricket World Cup 2019. Although he refused to name any of his teammates, who could take the major call, he was sure that One-Day International (ODI) skipper AB de Villiers too would call time on his career post the World Cup 2019. Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir in contention for CSA Cricketer of the Year Award

“I see myself heading towards the 2019 World Cup playing all formats of the game and then calling time on my career. I can’t sit and say he should be playing Test cricket because the guy has been doing it for 12 years and 106 Test matches. It translates to so much time away from home and people have to understand that there is a human side of the decision to consider,” du Plessis said. “However, from a cricket point of view, I would obviously be the first to say that AB needs to play Tests for South Africa because he is one of the best batsmen in the world. For him, it’s about spending more time at home and getting to the 2019 World Cup. He wants to ensure he remains mentally fresh and his body is still going strong. I fully respect AB’s decision but I don’t agree with it,” said du Plessis in an interview with GQ Magazine. South Africa not good enough, says Faf du Plessis

Du Plessis also spoke on quite a few players signing Kolpak deal with English counties. “CSA need to be proactive by paying more and offering longer contracts. Stability is the key to success and you want to build a team that is going to take the country forward,” he concluded.