The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has halted all the sporting activities across the globe. After the postponement of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the future of the ICC T20 World Cup 2020 in October in Australia also looks bleak.
The COVID-19 has turned out to more fatal than expected. It has taken almost one lakh lives of people – United States Of America, Italy, Spain Germany being the most affected. India have also witnessed a steep growth in the number of positive cases in the last few days with the death toll crossing the 300-figure mark.
With a chance that the T20 World Cup might get called off or postponed, former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers said that he doesn’t want to create any false hopes of a much-awaited comeback at the T20 World Cup this year.
“I can’t see six months into the future. If the tournament is postponed to next year a whole lot of things will change. At the moment I feel available, but at the same time I don’t know how my body will see it and if I will be healthy at that time,” De Villiers told Afrikaans-language Sunday newspaper ‘Rapport’.
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“…I might get to a point where I have to tell ‘Bouch’ (coach Mark Boucher) I was interested, I would like to play a role but I’m not going to be able to play myself. I’m afraid of such a commitment and creating false hope,” he added.
AB de Villiers has been an illustrious chapter in the history of South African cricket. His early retirement in May 2018 came as a shock to everyone considering that he had much more to offer for the betterment of the game in South Africa. While a lot has been spoken over his comeback, De Villiers said he does not feel entitled to walk into the South African team as has been alleged in the past.
“If I am 100 per cent as good as I want to be, then I will be available. But if I am not I won’t open myself up to that because I am not the type of person who does things at 80 per cent. Then I have to do trials and show ‘Bouchie’ I’m still good enough.
“They should choose me because I’m really better than the guy next to me. I’ve never been the type of person who felt I should get just what I wanted,” de Villiers concluded.