Quinton de Kock’s T20I Future Uncertain: South Africa’s Hopes for World Cup Glory

With concerns surrounding Quinton de Kock’s international career, South Africa’s future in Twenty20 international cricket is still up in the air.

De Kock’s T20I fate is still unknown despite his quitting ODIs following the World Cup last year and retiring from Tests in 2021. 

Quinton de Kock’s T20I Future Uncertain: South Africa’s Hopes for World Cup Glory
It remains to be seen if the T20 World Cup final was Quinton de Kock's last international match • ICC/Getty Images

The white-ball coach for South Africa, Rob Walter, expressed hope that de Kock might play on because he wants to win the World Cup.

South Africa has hope. Since they haven’t heard anything about Quinton de Kock’s T20I retirement, he will still be allowed to play white-ball international cricket and fulfill his aim of winning a World Cup. In2021, De Kock announced his retirement from Test cricket, and at the ODI World Cup, he concluded his 50-over career. Though national white-ball coach Rob Walter feels de Kock has more to give, it was anticipated that the T20 World Cup in the West Indies and the USA would be his final T20I match.

“Quinny is a mystery. He has not made an official time call. Thus, there is a tiny flicker of hope that hovers in the background,” Walter remarked on Thursday after arriving in South Africa. “Quinny has always fantasized about winning the World Cup and holds himself to extremely high standards. has taken a lot of hits throughout the years, not the least of which was this past final. You could see that he was quite upset about it. Time will tell if we see him again.”

Walter has not yet brought up the topic with de Kock and probably won’t have to for a while. De Kock is not on South Africa’s national contract list and is therefore not required to be available for those or any other international games; nevertheless, this will not affect his selection in the future. South Africa’s next Twenty20 internationals are scheduled for August in the West Indies.

National availability is no longer a non-negotiable ahead of major competitions, as demonstrated by de Kock’s selection for this World Cup despite missing the last series against India in December due to his attendance at the BBL. That implies that if de Kock stays involved in league play, he could still be considered for the 2026 T20 World Cup.

“I haven’t spoken with him at all. After the final, that wasn’t the appropriate moment to have that talk,” Walter stated. “So let me leave it at saying your guess is as good as mine.”

Fortunately for Walter, there’s no need to speculate about David Miller’s future as he is the other likely retiree. In an Instagram story, Miller stated, “Contrary to reports, I have not retired from T20 international cricket. I am available for South Africa.” I’ll be accessible for the Proteas going forward. The greatest is still to come.

Miller’s post implies that he will carry on playing one-day internationals (ODIs), which is significant because it’s still unclear if de Kock would contemplate doing an ODI U-turn in order to play in the 2027 home World Cup.

If so, he might be taken into consideration for the Champions Trophy the following year, which is essential to starting long-term plans for the upcoming ODI World Cup and offers South Africa another chance to win a trophy they have been chasing for a very long time. It is worth noting that South Africa has only won one ICC senior cup, which was in 1998.

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Quinton de Kock’s T20I Future Uncertain: South Africa’s Hopes for World Cup Glory
Quinton de Kock and Rishabh Pant have a chat after the final•Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

“I believe that people don’t realize how durable the Champion’s Trophy is. That’s as good of a competition as any, in my opinion,” Walter stated. “Hopefully, as a team, we keep developing and working to position ourselves to be competitive. As I stated after the 50-over World Cup last year, I sincerely thought the semifinal would be the turning point that would lead to us taking home our first world medal. Furthermore, nothing has altered. We most likely now hold that belief even more firmly.”

The team’s ability to remain competitive under duress, which hasn’t always been the case, was cited by Walter as the largest development throughout his tenure. “There’s no denying our development. The team had some little victories during the most recent World Cup that may not have gone our way in the past.

From the beginning in New York until the finish of the tournament, we faced a wide range of conditions, so it also shown incredible versatility. We also displayed a great deal of resilience and a broad skill set. I see the team as always expanding. Although we’ve made progress, the work remains far from complete.”

Director of cricket Enoch Nkwe described the country’s progress as a “massive mindset shift,” with South Africa’s women’s and men’s teams leading the way to consecutive T20 World Cup finals.

“Getting to two finals in a short amount of time indicates systemic buy-in as well as support from the two teams. A considerable amount of effort has been done in the lead-up to this point. We’re moving in the proper way. The focus has always been on the 2025 Cricket World Cup from a female perspective. And 2027, as seen through the eyes of men. This will undoubtedly have a significant impact and help us believe that we can truly accomplish our goals in accordance with the system.”

While the men’s team is on vacation until early August when their World Test Championship games resume, the women’s team of South Africa is now in India, where they will play three Twenty20 Internationals as their last preparations for the October World Cup. Only Keshav Maharaj, Ottneil Baartman, and Lungi Ngidi from the T20 World Cup team went home; the others were either playing in the MLC or the Lanka Premier League.

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