South Africa must build for the future following their World Twenty20 exit, but 31-year-old Faf du Plessis wants to continue as captain.
Faf du Plessis wants to remain South Africa's Twenty20 captain, but acknowledges they must build for the future following their World Twenty20 exit.
The Proteas missed out on a place in the semi-finals following defeats to England and West Indies, who advanced from Super 10 Group 1 ahead of them.
South Africa do not have any T20 fixtures for the remainder of 2016 and, with the next World T20 not taking place until 2020, Du Plessis – who received a fine of 50 per cent of his match fee for dissent after being given out in the dead-rubber victory over Sri Lanka on Monday – admits they need to look at younger options within the squad.
However, despite being 31 years old, the captain hopes to retain his position for the foreseeable future.
"I think some of the players won't be there in four years," said Du Plessis.
"There won't be a lot of T20 cricket for a while, so we can look at a few younger guys coming through and building for the future.
"It's impossible to look four years ahead. It's an incredibly long time, but for now I am loving playing T20 cricket and loving captaining South Africa."
Despite emerging triumphant in series against Bangladesh, India and England in the past year, Du Plessis admitted South Africa failed to cope with the pressure on the biggest stage.
"The T20 side has been very successful of late. We didn't produce at an ICC tournament. The T20 World Cup is a tough one," he continued.
"In terms of ticking the boxes we had all areas covered. We had great variety in pace bowling. We had different combinations to play. We had great spin options, all round options.
"Everything was there, it was just a case of how to you deliver on the day when the pressure is on, and that's the difference between winning a World Cup and getting knocked out."