Quinton de Kock will no longer be available for South Africa in one-day cricket matches after the World Cup tournament in India.
The announcement was made just after the Protea squad for the international knockout tournament at Gray College was announced.
The 30-year-old De Kock is undoubtedly one of South Africa’s handful of contemporary superstars. He has already scored 5,966 runs at an average of 44.85 in his 140 matches, while he also took 183 catches and 14 stumpings behind the wickets.
He recently signed a contract with the Melbourne Renegades to play in Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL).
Cricinfo reports that his BBL duties would have clashed with his Protea responsibilities: South Africa play India in December; precisely when the hit-and-run action is at its hottest in Australia.
“Quinton de Kock has served cricket in South Africa well. His attacking batting was leading in world cricket and he was one of the team’s key players for several years,” said Enoch Nkwe.
According to the national director of cricket, Cricket South Africa (KSA) understands his decision to step down from his international one-day cricket duties.
“We wish him all the best for the future and we look forward to seeing him in the colors of the Proteas’ T20 team.”
De Kock also suddenly decided to announce his retirement from Test cricket in 2021 because he wanted to spend more time with his young family.
However, ODI highlights are plentiful in his cricketing testimonial: There were the three hundreds in a row against India and his brilliant 178 against Australia at SuperSport Park; then you don’t even talk about his 17 hundreds and 29 fifties
Yes-no, Quinton de Kock will definitely be missed in this format.