Former cricketer Jonty Rhodes is keen on getting AB de Villiers back in South Africa squad at the ICC T20 World Cup 2020. Rhodes believes South Africa should do everything possible to win the T20 World Cup 2020, scheduled to be held in Australia from October 18 to November 15. However, Rhodes feels de Villiers inclusion might result in the exclusion of a potentially deserving candidate. Also Read - Mohammad Hafeez Names His Favourite Top 5 Batsmen of All-Time, Includes Virat Kohli And Sachin Tendulkar in List
“I’m a big fan of AB de Villiers. I’m just not sure of the precedent. If you want to win a T20 World Cup, you should do anything to win it,” Rhodes was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. Also Read - Umar Akmal Needs to Change His Attitude, Show More Commitment to Play For Pakistan, Says Head Coach Misbah-ul-Haq
“I suppose a lot of people watch how he performed at the IPL but just watching him in the Big Bash, he’s such a class player.” Also Read - Virat Kohli-Kevin Pietersen Instagram Interview: India Captain Says 'Playing Test Cricket Has Made Him a Better Person'
The 36-year-old de Villiers hasn’t played international cricket for nearly two years, having announced his retirement in May 2018. It was later revealed that he made an offer to play the 50-over World Cup last year in UK, but was turned down by the national selectors.
Lately, there have been constant talks of de Villiers returning to the international fold. Proteas head coach Mark Boucher indicated last month that if de Villiers were available, they would take him to Australia for the T20 World Cup later this year.
“I think it’s interesting because it’s a tough call. You want your best team to play, it’s also tough on the guys who then miss out. You know AB is a very special player so then do you set a precedent for a guy like AB de Villiers if he is not playing for South Africa, I mean why are you selecting him.”
One of the game’s best fielders, Rhodes, however, also felt a move like calling de Villiers back may mean leaving out a player who would be in contention in the lead-up to the tournament.
“You are not breaking any rules, you are setting a slight precedent and you are going to be upsetting a few players who are going to miss out. But a team without AB de Villiers or a team with AB de Villiers… I’d love to see that guy play,” Rhodes said.
He added, “Although difficult to answer that because I’m not somebody who is missing out, I’m also not from the administration about setting this kind of precedent, so I don’t have to make that call.
“It’ll just be great to see AB de Villiers play at a World Cup again for us,” he said.