“His retirement will remain final”: CSA, on De Villiers’ come back

AB de Villiers
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After speculation about AB De Villiers’ return to international cricket, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that the batsman will not be part of South Africa’s T20 World Cup squad.

De Villiers announced his retirement from international cricket in 2018 and does not seem to be returning any time soon.

“Discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all, that his retirement will remain final,” social media statement by CSA.

When De Villiers said he was in negotiations with Mark Boucher, the chairman of the CSA’s selection committee, about returning to international cricket, rumours began to circulate.

De Villiers statement during IPL 2021

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“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 had said in match presentation during IPL 2021 .

“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.”

In 2018, he announced his retirement from international cricket.

In the IPL, De Villiers was a member of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

This season, he scored 207 runs at an average of 51.75 in seven IPL matches, including two half-centuries.

Meanwhile, The South African team hasn’t been in great shape recently.

They were defeated by Pakistan in both the ODI and T20I series.

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