Temba Bavuma has been named the ‘first’ black African captain in the history of South African cricket in a short format. With him, opener Dean Elgar has been made the new captain in the Tests. Babuma will be his deputy in the Tests.
The duo took over the responsibility from Quinton de Kock. Understood the leadership of the short version late last year. Tests were on a temporary basis, only until the summer of the 2020-21 season.
De Kock led Sri Lanka to a 2-0 home Test series defeat in December-January, but lost 2-0 on Pakistani soil. The Proteas have also been whitewashed (3-0) in the T20 series against England under De Kock. In this situation, middle order batsman Babuma has been given the responsibility for the big plan.
Babuma will lead the Proteas in the next three World Cups, the 2021 and 2022 Twenty20 World Cups, and the 2023 World Cup. Elgar will play in the next round of the Elgar Test Championship.
Graeme Smith, director of the South African Cricket Board, said the change was made to bring back the golden past.
“We are delighted to have Bavuma and Elgar as captains,” he said. I believe we have been able to give the Proteas the leadership they need to return to that winning streak of the past.
In 44 Tests, 6 ODIs and 8 T20I matches, Babumao has been given the responsibility of the exuberant short format.
“My dream of captaining the Proteas is a long one,” he said. Those who know me know. I think this is the greatest honor of my life. Where De Kock has left the team, I look forward to leading the team.