Former South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis has been named as the captain of the Bangla Tigers ahead of the fifth edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League. The Abu Dhabi T10 tournament staged by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) will be held at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi from November 19 to December 2.
“It is an exciting new format to be part of. I am looking forward to joining forces with some of the world’s biggest names in this league and representing team Bangla Tigers,” Du Plessis said in a release.
“It is going to be a thrilling time for the game of cricket. It’s heart-warming to see leagues like T10 putting in so much hard work and offering such exciting formats for sports enthusiasts. I can’t wait to get going.”
“It is terrific to have a world-class player like Faf in our squad. We have all seen his exploits for South Africa in various formats. He is a champion cricketer,” Bangla Tigers owner Mohammad Yasin Chowdhury said.
“It is a huge honour to have him in our squad. We all know what he has achieved both on and off the field. His deeds speak for his brilliance. I wholeheartedly welcome Faf to the Bangla Tigers family.”
Du Plessis, who has captained South Africa in all three formats, has played 69 Tests, 143 ODIs, and 50 T20Is for the team since his debut in the international circuit in 2011.
The veteran player has been out of action for three months after suffering from a concussion during the Pakistan Super League earlier this year in June. He was named the captain of Northern Superchargers in the recently concluded The Hundred tournament of England but the injury kept him out of the game. He is expected to mark his return through the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 set to start from September 19 in the UAE.
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