In shocking news, the cricket fraternity will not see AB de Villiers donning the South African jersey once again. The former Proteas batting great was one of the very players who received support from rival teams.
AB de Villiers is currently playing franchise cricket all across the globe. He has been one of the consistent run-scorers for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.
Earlier, as per the reports, AB de Villiers was expected to make a comeback to the national team. Fans were also happy about the same. They badly wanted to see the run-machine represent the team at the international level.
Sadly, now it has been confirmed that Cricket Mr.360 will never again represent the national team in the future. The decision was confirmed on Tuesday in a Cricket South Africa press release.
In the release, the team management confirmed Proteas squads for their forthcoming tours of the West Indies and Ireland. South Africa coach Mark Boucher said he would be speaking to AB de Villiers over his international future towards the end of the cash-rich IPL.
Meanwhile, the BCCI postponed the IPL due to Covid-19. The CSA release stated: “Discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all, that his retirement will remain final.”
AB de Villiers effectively remains retired: CSA release
The legendary batsman played his last game for South Africa against Australia in March-April 2018 at the Wanderers. He represented the country in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is.
The 37-year-old scored 8765 runs in Tests, 9577 runs in ODIs and 1672 runs in T20Is. He scored 5056 runs in the cash-rich Indian Premier League.
AB de Villiers scored 2 double centuries, 46 fifties and 22 centuries in Tests. On the other hand, the right-handed batsman scored 53 fifties and 25 centuries. He scored 10 fifties in T20Is.
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