South Africa captain Quinton de Kock will take a break from mental health and go to the next domestic Twenty20 tournament on medical advice. Andrew Bretzke, chief executive of the SA Cricketers’ Association (CACA), told the ESP Anchor Cenfo website that De Kock would take time off from the game for a few weeks. “SACA and Cricket South Africa will continue to support him through this process,” said Britzke.
De Kock, South Africa’s Cricketer of the Year in 2020, returned from Pakistan last week after leading South Africa in two losing Tests, during which he struggled as a batsman and was criticized for his captaincy. Was done South Africa’s regular white ball captain
De Kock has agreed to temporarily captain the Test team this season. He admitted last month that he was feeling the strain of living in biosafety bubbles during the Covid-19 pandemic, a reality for international cricketers. So, now he takes break.
Speaking after South Africa’s captaincy to win the home Test series against Sri Lanka, de Kock questioned the stability of the bubbles’ life, which he described as “disturbing”. He then said that his visit to Pakistan had mixed feelings because of the frustrations of being confined to a geo-safe environment.
South African cricket director Graeme Smith said earlier on Monday that all the country’s contracted players would play in the T20 tournament, while the rest of the matches would be played in a four-day match.
But it later emerged that de Kock and Faf du Plessis were not part of the squad announced by the country’s six franchises. The reasons for DuPlessis’ absence could not be ascertained.
All T20 matches will be played in Durban between February 19 and 29, with players living in a safe environment.
Although the country’s Test players have a week off after returning from Pakistan, the national T20 squad will have to go straight to the bubble after reaching the series that ends on Sunday.