Faf du Plessis to captain Johannesburg Super Kings, Stephen Fleming set to be appointed coach: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) head coach Stephen Fleming along with former CSK batter Faf du Plessis are set to be appointed in key positions in the Johannesburg Super Kings, a franchise owned by CSK in the CSA T20 League. The reports have emerged indicating that CSK will stick with its veterans in the commanding positions.
The CSA T20 League is the newly launched franchise-based cricket tournament by Cricket South Africa. The league is scheduled to be held in January and February next year.
Notably, Faf du Plessis is Johannesburg Super Kings’ one of the five direct signings for the tournament. The franchise bought du Plessis by spending US$375,000 during the pre-signings. The other four signings made by JSK are Moeen Ali, Maheesh Theekshana, Romario Shephard and Gerald Coetzee.
However, it is still unsure whether Moeen Ali will participate in the CSA T20 League. The English all-rounder has shown interest in participating in the International League T20 (ILT20) competition. The scheduling of ILT20 and CSA T20 leagues are expected to clash, next year.
Faf’s was associated with CSK in the IPL for 10 long years in two different stints. He was a part of CSK setup from 2011 to 2015. The South African batter was later purchased in the IPL 2018 and he served the yellow franchise till 2021. He is currently linked with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League.
Du Plessis has played over 100 matches donning the yellow jersey in the IPL. He has also been part of CSK’s winning campaigns in the year 2011, 2018 and 2021. The IPL 2021 was by far his best performance as he mustered massive 633 runs in 16 outings for CSK.
The Protea batter has a rich captaincy experience and knows how Chennai Super Kings (CSK) operates which could be the reason why he is being mulled by the franchise as a captaincy candidate.
Meanwhile, veteran coach Stephen Fleming will be the head coach of Johannesburg Super Kings. Flemings will be assisted by Eric Simmons in the CSA T20 League.
Interestingly, a few reports have emerged that CSK is in the final stages of signing a contract with former Protea all-rounder Albie Morkel. However, there is no clarity about his role in the team.