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Du Plessis keen to have de Villiers back


The Proteas captain Faf du Plessis has spoken up on the much talked about issue of AB de Villiers’ possibility to make a return to the international arena at the upcoming ICC World T20 in Australia.

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AB de Villiers may play some of the 11 T20Is South Africa are scheduled to play.

Du Plessis said on Wednesday that he is very keen to have de Villiers back in South Africa jersey, and that he had long been a supporter of the resumption of a career which was ended abruptly in May 2018.

“We spoke about it, and I was very keen to have him back. That was even before the new coaching staff was on board,” said du Plessis to establish his interest in de Villiers’ possibile comeback.

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According to him, the conversation on this very issue had even progressed as far as the details of “what does the next year look like in terms of T20 cricket – how many games; where, when, what? And then trying to unfold that in a way that we can get him back. He’s keen to come do that.”

Though when, if really, de Villiers might return is yet to be decided, but it is understood that if he would really like to take part in the World T20, he would have to appear in at least some of the T20Is South Africa are scheduled to play on road to the world even.

South Africa will have in total 11 T20Is ahead of the World T20, some against England and Australia in February, and against West Indies in August. The World T20 in Australia will take place in October and November.

Even if de Villiers and the Cricket South Africa (CSA) come to an agreement, he might miss the England series. It will start four days after the Big Bash League, where he is playing for the Brisbane Heat.

“In an ideal world we would like to try and make sure that we can play our best 11, 12, 13 players for a few games or series together leading up to the T20 World Cup,” du Plessis said.

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