AB de Villiers has stepped own as skipper of South Africa’s ODI side but will be available for selection for all formats from September.

“A lot has been said and written over the past 12 months, and I feel it is time to make my position absolutely clear,” de Villiers said.

de Villiers added that playing in all three formats along with captaincy had taken a toll on him.

“Over the past year or so, I have tried to manage many commitments. I have felt mentally and physically tired; my wife and I are bringing up two fantastic kids and playing in all three formats ever since 2004 has taken its toll.” he said.

de Villiers said that it had been a wonderful experience to lead the side. 

“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,” he said. 

The 33-year-old’s poor form in recent months had given rise to speculations that he might retire from one form of the game.

de Villiers has captained the side in 103 ODIs since 2012, with a win percentage of 60.10% to boast of.

Faf du Plessis to likely to step into de Villiers’ shoes although no official announcement has yet been made in this regard.

First Published | 24 August 2017 8:32 AM
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