There were rumours during the 2021 IPL that AB de Villiers could play for the Proteas in the upcoming T20 World Cup in October but AB De Villiers’ comeback news is that he will not play in the T20 World Cup for South Africa.
AB de Villiers played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and T20I for South Africa before announcing his retirement. Cricket South Africa issued a statement on Tuesday stating that their star player AB de Villiers had decided “once and for all” that his retirement was final. AB de Villiers will no longer be on the field for South Africa in the 2021 T20 World Cup.
Cricket South Africa said in its statement that “Discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all, that his retirement will remain final,”
AB de Villiers is the second-highest run-scorer in ODIs and T20s for South Africa and the fourth-highest run-scorer in Test cricket. He is one of the best T20 players in the world.
Despite retiring from international cricket, AB De Villiers continued to play franchise cricket and made impressive performances for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) but the 2021 IPL is closed due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Before the 2021 IPL has suspended he is scoring 207 runs in six innings at an average of 51.75 and a strike rate of 164.28.
After scoring an unbeaten 76 against Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2021, de Villiers said he would talk to South Africa coach Mark Boucher about a possible comeback.
“If I can slot in, it will be fantastic,” De Villiers had said. “I am absolutely interested, with regards to my form, my fitness, we have to get the best 15 together, we will plan accordingly. I am speaking with Boucher towards the end of IPL.”
However, the South African Cricket Board announced on Tuesday that it had spoken to de Villiers and said he would not play any more international matches for South Africa. This is his final decision.