Du Plessis succeeds De Villiers

12 September 2017 22:12:13 GMTPlus11

Faf du Plessis has been approved by South Africa's board as captain of the national team across all formats.

Cricket South Africa rubber-stamped the recommendation of the national selection panel to appoint du Plessis as captain of the one-day international side with immediate effect. He takes the place of AB de Villiers who resigned earlier this year.

"Congratulations to Faf on his appointment as the natural successor to the ODI leadership," said CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat.

"He has established himself as one of the best leaders in world cricket and this was reflected in his appointment as the captain for the World XI currently engaged in the T20 Series against Pakistan."

The three 20-over contests in Lahore, over four days, have been praised by ICC president Shashank Manohar.

"This is a good day for world cricket," he said. "It has been a long and tough journey as the Pakistan Cricket Board, Pakistan players and fans have been starved of the opportunity to stage, play and watch international cricket in their own country.

"I am hopeful that today marks the start of the safe and steady return of international cricket to Pakistan.

"The ability of Pakistan to play international cricket at home is crucial to the long-term health of the game in Pakistan and one of the main reasons why the ICC established the Pakistan Task Force under the leadership of Giles Clarke, to explore, in partnership with the PCB, how we can get international cricket back to Pakistan safely and on a regular basis."

Pakistan areĀ 1.001 to win Tuesday's Twenty20 clash against the World XI while South Africa areĀ 2.00 to win their first Test against Bangladesh.

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