Faf du Plessis bats for T10 in the Olympics

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10 Nov 2021 | 10:36 AM
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Faf du Plessis bats for T10 in the Olympics

The former South Africa captain will be leading the Bangla Tigers team in the upcoming season of the Abu Dhabi T10

Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who will take part in the Abu Dhabi T10 League, starting November 19, reckons that this format could be used in the Olympics. "I have played three formats for a long time and I am still attracted to the T10 format. I think players like myself will keep looking at tournaments like this," Du Plessis said during a virtual conference.

"The future of T10 is looking good. It's a format that can be used in the Olympics. The quick nature of T10 also makes it attractive to the fans. I think T10 is only going to get better and better," he added.

ICC had announced that cricket will be part of the Olympic games from 2028 in Los Angeles. Talking about how du Plessis will go about in this format, he said,  "I think when you are moving from one format to the other, it's about understanding your game.

"You need to think about the blueprint that you will need to follow which will give you consistent results."

Du Plessis will head to the tournament on the back of a sensational Indian Premier League season that saw him win the title with Chennai Super Kings. "Through time in T20 cricket, I've got better at understanding my game plan on different pitches and making decisions about which bowlers I can take on and which bowlers I can't take on during a game," he said.

Du Plessis, who will be leading the Bangla Tigers team in the upcoming season of the Abu Dhabi T10, also spoke about his role as the leader of the side. "My role as a captain would be to get the team together and create an environment wherein the players are having fun and being themselves.

"Batting in the top order would be the best position for me. But I haven't had those discussions with the team management yet."

The South African feels the pitches in Abu Dhabi are likely to aid spinners more than the pacers. "Given the nature of the matches in Abu Dhabi during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, I think spinners will have more of an impact as compared to fast bowlers in the Abu Dhabi T10," Du Plessis said.

"However, raw pace can also be quite effective on up and down wickets. So, it'll depend on the conditions on the day."

(With inputs from PTI)

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