It was heart-breaking news for AB de Villiers fan as Cricket South Africa confirmed that the previous South Africa captain could be sticking to his determination to remain retired.
The cricketer had announced his retirement from international cricket in 2018, though there were speculations that he would return for the upcoming T20 World Cup. In fact, SA coach Mark Boucher had hinted several times that de Villiers could be in the mix for the ICC tournament.
Meanwhile, Mark Boucher has now revealed the reason behind ABD’s refusal.
“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,” Boucher told The Citizen. “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.
However, Faf du Plessis had stated that AB de Villiers wanted to play in the 2019 World Cup but his request was turned down by the cricket board keeping the hard work of other players in mind.