The ICC World T20 is looming large, and all the participating teams are trying to fix the puzzle and build a strong team for the 20-20 blitz. Meanwhile, former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers has added fuel to the fire by giving hints on his comeback to international cricket for one last time.
The Proteas batsman stunned the cricketing world when he announced his international retirement in 2018; only a year ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. South Africa endured a miserable run as they bowed out of the competition from the group stages and AB de Villiers received severe criticism for his decision from various quarters.
And now, with another World Cup lining-up, one of the legendary batsmen of modern-day cricket, de Villiers is likely to come out of his retirement. On the back of his Big Bash League debut where he played a fine knock of 40 runs, AB de Villiers said that he is in constant touch with the current support staffs and the captain about such a possibility.
“I would love to. I’ve been talking to ‘Bouch’ (new South Africa coach Mark Boucher), (new director of cricket) Graeme Smith and (captain) Faf (du Plessis) back home, we’re all keen to make it happen. There’s a lot that needs to happen before that becomes reality,” de Villiers said to Cricket.com.au.
The comments come after Faf du Plessis agreed there have been talks about Ab de Villiers in the background for quite some time now. South Africa coach Mark Boucher also revealed in his first press conference as the coach that the door is open for the 35-year-old batsman.
Meanwhile, the ICC T20 World Cup will get underway in Australia in October, and South Africa will be one of the strong contenders to lift the cup with AB de Villiers returning to the fold.