No seat for Faf du Plessis on Proteas’ flight to Sri Lanka

Former captain Faf du Plessis was a notable omission from the South African squad named on Thursday for a white-ball tour of Sri Lanka next month, the team’s final outings before the Twenty20 World Cup.

37-year-old du Plessis retired from Test cricket in February but said he remained available for South Africa in white-ball cricket. He has not played for the country in any format since.

The T20 World Cup is scheduled fort eh United Arab Emirates in October and November.

“The next two years are ICC T20 World Cup years,” Faf du Plessis said in a statement when he announced his retirement.

“Because of this, my focus is shifting to this format and I want to play as much of it as possible around the world so that I can be the best player I can possibly be.”

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