De Villiers ‘would love to’ return in World T20
In what will be a big boost for South Africa cricket team and fans, former Proteas star batsman AB de Villiers has reiterated his desires to make a comeback to international cricket, and this time in the upcoming ICC World T20 2020 In Australia later this year.
The latest statement from the 35-year-old comes less than a month after newly-appointed South Africa head coach and his former teammate Mark Boucher stated that he would not shy away from talking to AB de Villiers about a potential return to international cricket.
De Villiers made his Big Bash League (BBL) debut on Tuesday when he made a quickfire 40 from 32 balls and also took two catches to help his side Brisbane Heat pick up a seven-wicket win over Adelaide Strikers at the Gabba.
Following te match, de Villiers talked about the prospects of making a return to international cricket for South Africa in the World T20 competition.
“There’s a lot that needs to happen before that becomes reality,” said de Villiers.
Then he also added, “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.
“It’s a long way away still, and plenty can happen – there’s the IPL coming up, I’ve still got to be in form at that time. So I’m thinking of throwing my name in the hat and hoping that everything will work out.”
De Villiers retired from all formats of international cricket in May 2018, citing a heavy workload. But thereafter he flirted with an international return several times. Even he made himself available for selection ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, only to be rejected by Cricket South Africa (CSA).