South Africa Head Coach Mark Boucher said on Wednesday that Quinton de Kock’s tenure as Test Captain will end after the conclusion of the ongoing Pakistan Tour.
De Kock was appointed as Test Captain on temporary basis in the month of October last year until a permanent candidate could be found. “When we get back we’ve got a bit of time before our next Test series so we can sit down and make a good, solid call on who can take over from him and release him from that burden,” Boucher said in a virtual press conference ahead of the second Test against Pakistan which starts in Rawalpindi on Thursday.
South Africa can wait for the Replacement of the current captain as their home series against Australia next month was postponed by Cricket Australia over coronavirus fears. South Africa have found it difficult to appoint a Test Captain after the retirement of AB De Villiers & Hashim Amla & once Faf Du Plessis stepped down from captaincy in February last year.
Quinton De Kock who is captain in all three formats of cricket led South Africa to a 2-0 win in a home series against Sri-Lanka before losing the first test against Pakistan in Karachi last month.
“It’s been tough on Quinny. If you’re not scoring runs it gets highlighted, especially if you’re a captain,” added Boucher.
“We’re not that harsh on Quinny in this environment. We know that he’s a quality player and there’s a good innings around the corner for him.
“He has been given the extra burden of being captain and that can be tough and something he’s not used to”, Mark Boucher signed off.