New Delhi: Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers has decided not to come out of retirement ahead of South Africa’s tour of the West Indies. There were reports suggesting that the South African might come out of retirement to help the Proteas in their campaign to win the T20 World Cup. Cricket South Africa on Tuesday ruled out any such developement as discussions with the former wicket-keeper batsman seems to have fallen through. 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
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De Villiers looked in his elements in the now postponed Indian Premier League 2021 playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore and seemed like he is well on his way to make a comeback in the shortest format of the game for his country. With de Villers no longer available for the upcoming series against West Indies, South Africa need to plan ahead of a life without de Villiers, especially keeping in mind the T20 World Cup later in the year.
“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.
Proteas T20 Squad to the West Indies
Temba Bavuma (captain), Quinton de Kock), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Sisanda Magala, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller , Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams.
Proteas squad to Ireland
Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams.