AB de Villiers retired from worldwide cricket in 2018.© AFP
AB de Villiers is not going to be returning to play for South Africa within the 2021 T20 World Cup, the nation’s cricket board mentioned in a press release on Tuesday. The former Proteas captain retired from international cricket in 2018, and there was loads of discuss of him making a comeback for the nationwide facet for the upcoming World Cup. However, Cricket South Africa (CSA) mentioned that AB de Villiers has determined “once and for all” that his retirement will stay last.
“Discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all, that his retirement will remain final,” Cricket South Africa mentioned in its assertion.
While he has retired from worldwide cricket, De Villiers continues to play franchise cricket, and has continued to impress for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) within the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The 37-year-old’s gorgeous performances on this 12 months’s IPL, which was postponed as a result of Covid disaster, sparked additional talks of a global comeback.
After hitting a match-winning 76 not out off simply 34 deliveries in opposition to Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021, De Villiers had mentioned that he would talk with South Africa coach Mark Boucher a few potential return.
“If I can slot in, it will be fantastic,” De Villiers had mentioned. “I am absolutely interested, with regards to my form, my fitness, we have to get the best 15 together, we will plan accordingly. I am speaking with Boucher towards the end of IPL.”
De Villiers performed 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20 Internationals (T20Is) for South Africa.
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