AB de Villiers quits comeback plan from retirement
Former South African right-handed batsman AB de Villiers ended the talks and plans to make a comeback from retirement in international cricket.
Former South African right-handed batsman AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket in 2018. The shocking decision came in while South Africa were preparing for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Ultimately, the effect of his retirement was well reflected in the team’s performance in the mega event.
Following the tournament, South Africa’s performance has started to decline and still the board is trying to build a stable team. Meanwhile, AB de Villiers was performing well in various T20 leagues and had some plans to make a comeback from his retirement. Recently also he conveyed his desire to Mark Boucher and the Cricket South Africa.
The former batsman was expected to make a come back into the national side in the upcoming tour against West Indies. There was a big wait for the final decision from the player and the board.
“Last year, he asked me if I would be interested. And I said, ‘absolutely’. And come the end of the IPL, we will have a look at where we are at with regards to my form and my fitness,” de Villiers told earlier.
“Also, the situation with his team – he’s got to look at his guys who have been performing well over the last while. If there’s no space for me, so be it. If I can slot in there, it will be fantastic if all those things fall in place. Waiting for [the chat with] Bouchy towards the end of the IPL, and we will then plan accordingly.”
Meanwhile, the former South African cricketer ended all the talks and speculations on his comeback from retirement. After the final talks, the right-handed batsman has decided not to come out of retirement. Cricket South Africa confirmed the news through an official statement. Cricket South Africa revealed the squad for the tours against West Indies and Ireland and the right-handed batsman wasn’t included.