Cricket fans were waiting for the possible comeback of AB de Villiers in international cricket. Because He also wanted to play the next T20 world cup for South Africa. T20 world cup 2021 has been scheduled in India. Cricket South Africa (CSA) was expected to have a conversation with AB regarding his comeback.
On Tuesday, Cricket South Africa has confirmed that AB de Villiers refused to come out of retirement. Cricket South Africa announced, “Discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding, once and for all, that his retirement will remain final.”
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Discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all, that his retirement will remain final. pic.twitter.com/D3UDmaDAS2
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) May 18, 2021
Cricket fans were curious to know the reason why AB de Villiers doesn’t want to play again for South Africa. Meanwhile, South African cricket coach Mark Boucher reveals why AB de Villiers refused to come out of retirement.
I respect AB de Villiers’ decision: Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher said, “AB has his reasons, which I respect. Unfortunately, he’s no longer in the mix. I say unfortunately because I think we all agree that he’s still one of the best – if not the best – T20 players in world cricket.”
“But he alluded to being concerned about coming in ahead of other players who have been a part of the system. I don’t think it sat well with him, which I understand.”
“As a coach I needed to try and get our best players, for the team and the environment. AB is an energy-booster in any environment, but I respect his reasoning. It was worth a go, but now let’s move forward,” Boucher added.
AB de Villiers had announced his retirement from international cricket in 2018. Cricket South Africa also wants his comeback in international cricket because he is one of the most explosive batsmen in the shortest format.
AB de Villiers has also played a crucial role for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2021. He has scored 207 runs in 7 matches with an impressive average of 51.75.
During IPL 2021, AB de Villiers had hinted to the cricket fans that he would take a call of his comeback based on his form and fitness.