de Villiers pulls out of Big Bash
South African star AB de Villiers has put his family first and will not take part in Big Bash League 2020-21.
AB and his wife Danielle are expecting their third child. Meanwhile the travel restrictions has not helped him to join Brisbane Heat this season.
Brisbane’s head coach Darren Lehmann confirmed AB’s exit even though they have retained Afghan mystery spinner Mujeeb Ur Rehman.
“While things initially looked fine for him to come back, there have been a few factors emerge which have changed everyone’s plans,” Lehmann said.
“The main one, aside from the challenges represented by COVID19 and international travel, is that AB and his wife Danielle are expecting their third child very soon.
“Naturally we’re very pleased for them and know that the next few months will be a very special time for all,” he said.
de Villiers is in great form for RCB in the ongoing IPL. He has scored 324 runs at 54.00 from 10 innings so far. Brisbane will look up on him if they can get him later.
“We’ll stay in contact (with him) and see what develops. He has been in excellent touch in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore, so he obviously remains a player we’d like to keep working with when the circumstances allow.”
de Villiers was signed by the Heat last season where he managed to score 146 runs in six matches.
The 36-year-old batsman said he reluctantly pulled himself out for family reasons and COVID situation.
“It’s exciting for Danielle and me with the arrival of our new baby very soon. So with a young, growing family, and the uncertainty around travel and conditions due to COVID-19, we reluctantly decided it wasn’t going to be this season,” de Villiers said.
“The Heat were great to us last summer and I am very open to returning to the club in the future. The team didn’t get the results we were hoping for and I consider there is some unfinished business to deal with.”
So far two overseas players have been named in Brisbane Heat squad. England’s young gun Tom Banton will continue his stint with the team.