Quinton de Kock’s tenure has come to an end as Cricket South Africa (CSA), on Thursday, announced the appointments of Temba Bavuma and Dean Elgar as captains of the men’s team in the white-ball and Test format, respectively.
Bavuma will lead the Proteas in the 2021 and 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cups as well as the ICC Men’s World Cup in 2023. Elgar, on the other hand, will take over the reins into the next cycle of the ICC World Test Championship.
“We are grateful to Quinton for the work he has put in as captain of the team in the limited-overs formats and are indebted to him for stepping up while the National Selection Panel continued its search for the Test captain.
“We expect him to still play an integral role in the team’s leadership group. We as CSA are pleased with the appointments of Temba and Dean and believe that we have the men who will lead the Proteas back to their winning ways of old.
“The pair bring the required stability in both leadership and form to turn the ship in the direction that will eventually bring trophies back to the cabinets,” CSA’s Director of Cricket (DoC), Graeme Smith, said in a statement.
Smith, while praising Bavuma, said the player has shown consistency on the field in all formats, solidifying his place as a leader. Smith also insisted that Elgar will bring the same grit and determination to his captaincy as he has brought to his many performances on the field over many years.
Bavuma, in an official statement, said he is honoured and delighted to lead the Proteas for the first time.
“Captaining the Proteas has been a dream of mine for many years as those closest to me would know. This is one of the greatest honours of my life so far and I am looking forward to picking up where Quinny (de Kock) has left off in leading the team into the new culture that we have developed and continue to work on.”