South Africa’s campaign in the 2016 ICC World T20 was simply disappointing. The Proteas were termed as one of the favorites prior to the tournament, but once the Super 10’s commence, they simply fizzled out. In crunch situations, seniors like Hashim Amla and AB De Villiers failed to step up and that evidently put South Africa in a shambolic state.
Hashim Amla, admitted that it would be great for South Africa, if he and AB De Villiers could play another World Cup. “A lot of us are extremely keen to keep playing international cricket,” Amla said. “It’s something we’ve enjoyed. A lot of us feel like we’ve got a few more years left in us. “It would be great if we can make it to the next 50-over World Cup – that would be ideal. But first, we’ve got a Champions Trophy next year. As long as you are fit and healthy and scoring runs and you warrant your place in the team then hopefully, you can make it.”
Amla put rumors surrounding the retirement of AB De Villiers to rest, as he said, “The whole rumour of AB retiring was before I gave up the Test captaincy and I think it was just that: a rumor.” “There are no issues whatsoever. Everyone is really passionate and desirous of doing well. We’re just hoping we can play good cricket and at the next ICC event have a better performance.”
Amla was also quick to defend the exclusion of ace pacer Dale Steyn in a few games. “Before coming to this tournament, the captain and the coach talked about picking the right team for the venue or the wicket,” he said. “In Mumbai, with a smaller field and a lot of boundary hitting, the quick bowlers came into the picture a lot more,” he said. “In Nagpur, the slower bowlers were more effective. I can understand why the captain and coach opted for David Wiese.”