Why Faf du Plessis not included in T20 WC 2021: Former South African cricket team skipper Faf du Plessis opens up on his exclusion from South Africa’s T20 World Cup 2021 squad. Faf claims that the unrealistic expectations of CSA were the reason behind his exclusion.
Faf du Plessis on his Ommission in T20 WC 2021
Notably, Faf du Plessis quit his Test career earlier this year to focus on the T20 format cricket. It was also the first instance when Du Plessis missed out on South Africa’s World Cup team since making his debut in 2011.
Speaking with ESPNCricinfo, Du Plessis said CSA wanted him to play in limited overseas leagues and more international games, and their inability to find a middle ground led to his exclusion.
“I am on a different journey now. Last year when I played for SA against England the plan was very much to play at the World Cup and that was the talk. It was really difficult though for Cricket SA and myself to find something that still allowed me to play overseas because that’s obviously why I retired from Test cricket especially,” Du Plessis told.
“They tried to but we couldn’t find a middle ground and I think they wanted people who were available all the time and that made it a challenge for the guys like myself and Imran Tahir because we were playing overseas as well.
“I think that’s the challenge now because we are playing overseas and they want us to play all the games which is an unrealistic expectation,” he added.
Du Plessis is one of the most sought-after players in T20 cricket and his national side clearly missed his experience as they exited the 2021 T20 WC from the Super 12 round.