New Delhi: Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers on Tuesday decided not to come out of retirement ahead of their tour to West Indies. Cricket South Africa confirmed the news with a tweet, thereafter going on to announce their squad for the tour of West Indies as well as Ireland. Also Read - Australia Chief Selector Believes Players Will Not Play IPL if it Clashes With T20 Tri-Series
“Discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all, that HIS RETIREMENT WILL REMAIN FINAL,” tweeted Cricket South Africa. Also Read - COVID Travel Updates, June 14: Indian States And Foreign Countries Where Tourists Are Allowed Now
As soon as the news broke, fans took to Twitter to express their disappointment. Some were of the opinion that Cricket South Africa took the right call by not naming him in the squad. There were mixed reactions while some even going on to suggest AB can come to India and play with Virat Kohli. Also Read - New World Record? Woman Claims She Gave Birth to 10 Babies, Says Decuplets Were Conceived Naturally
“If I can slot in, it will be fantastic,” earlier de Villiers had said after the match-winning knock against Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2021.
“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,” he added.
“I did chat to him before he went to the IPL,” Mark Boucher had said regarding AB’s return.
“The conversation is still very much open. AB being the person he is, he wanted to perform very well at the IPL, to prove to himself and everyone else that he is still a very key figure in world cricket and could dominate at that level,” Boucher had said.
“The Caribbean is well-known for its low and slow wickets and we have ensured that we have chosen the personnel needed for every eventuality on this very important excursion. While there aren’t any (ICC World Test Championship) points to play for, it is still of vital importance for South Africa to produce winning results through a steadily growing and high-performing cricket pipeline,” Victor Mpitsang, CSA’s Convenor of Selectors, said in a statement as per a report in Cricbuzz.
“The historic tour to Ireland is crucial for points towards our qualification for the 2023 Cricket World Cup and preparation for the T20 World Cup later this year. This is the start of our road to these trophies and every tour will see us field our absolute best sides,” he added.
South Africa are set to play a two-match Test series against West Indies starting on June 10 at St Lucia followed by five-match T20I series in Grenada. Soon after, the Proteas will fly to Ireland to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20s.