There has been a growing buzz about former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers coming out of retirement to play the ICC T20 World Cup 2020. Head coach Mark Boucher has finally confirmed his return to the team if the cricketer makes himself available for selection. The rife has increased ever since Boucher took over as the head coach of the side in December.
The swashbuckling batsman shocked the world when he announced his retirement in May 2018 in the wake of the ICC World Cup preparation. Ab de Villiers intended to return moments before the World Cup but the management didn't entertain it. This left a dent in the team who witnessed an extremely poor run in the mega event failing to progress to the playoffs.
However, now Mark Boucher has confirmed that de Villiers is in his best form to play the ICC T20 World Cup 2020. The former Proteas wicketkeeper said that he has been in talks with AB de Villiers for quite some time and a final decision will be made public soon.
“He’s a discussion in the media and in the public but he is no discussion for me. I have had chats with him and we will probably know pretty soon what’s going to happen with him,” Boucher said. “Like I said from day one when I took over, if we are going to a World Cup, I would like to have our best players there.
“If AB is in good form and he is raring to go and he makes himself available for the time we have asked him to be available; if he is the best man for the job, then he must go. It’s not about egos or anything like that, it’s about sending your best team to the World Cup to try and win that competition,” added Boucher.
Incidentally, the comments came in the wake of South Africa's defeat to England in the three-match T20I series. Eoin Morgan played a stellar of a knock to take his side along with the series.