The Cricket South Africa Board meets on the 3rd June to approve the new Proteas captain. However, there is little doubt that the Board will appoint Hashim Amla captain now that he has made himself available and has shown enthusiasm for the captaincy.
There are a few reasons that will make him the CSA Board’s choice for this important position. He is assured of his place in the team and is a very experienced world class player. Also, he has leadership skills and experience having captained the SA U19 team and the Dolphins. Very importantly he has never been aligned with any camp in the Proteas team during the past and is his own man.
Transformation will also play an important part in the Board’s decision and they will not let slip the opportunity to appoint South Africa’s first black cricket captain on merit.
He is the best man to lead the Proteas on the Sri Lankan tour and into the future.
Of the other three candidates only AB de Villiers can be considered a serious contender. However, his heavy workload and great value to the team should be taken into consideration not to appoint him. He is the the best batsman in the world in all forms of the game and the best wicketkeeper for the team. Also, he is the energy point of the Proteas on the field and their most valuable player.
The other two media candidates, Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy, can’t be seriously considered as they are not assured of their places in the Test team. Also, neither has a track record as a captain in the longer versions of the game and Duminy is simply not a leader.
It will be interesting to see if the selectors appoint Amla only as captain of the Test team, with De Villiers remaining as the ODI captain and Du Plessis the T20 captain. There is no doubt that the leadership of the Proteas team has become too fragmented with three captains and needs to be consolidated.
Amla should be appointed captain of both the Test and ODI teams, with De Villiers his understudy. This would be a fantastic combination for the Proteas as De Villiers is not only highly respected but has a vast wealth of knowledge of international cricket.
With regards the T20 team the selectors can from time to time decide who should captain the team. The sooner the management consolidate the leadership of the Test and ODI teams into one team and let the T20 team be standalone, like the Blitzbokke, the better for South African cricket.