The 36-year-old former South African captain AB de Villiers can return to the national side and feature for his team in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020. The Cricket South Africa (CSA) has set the deadline for him and some more senior cricketers to make them available for the South African team to stretch their international career.
The CSA Director of cricket Graeme Smith and the men’s Head Coach Mark Boucher have discussed with AB de Villiers for his international cricket return, who retired from international cricket in 2018. Many believed that AB could return to the side during the recently concluded home T20I series against Australia, but it didn’t happen. However, Boucher has recently clarified about this topic.
AB de Villiers needs to return to the national team in early June 2001
While AB will be busy in the upcoming IPL season (IPL 2020), along with the 40-year-old leg-spinner Imran Tahir and the 32-year-old right-arm pacer Chris Morris, Boucher has set the deadline for their return to the national team in starting of June 2020. It will be the time when South Africa will tour in Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series.
Boucher said, “The big one is the IPL so we decided to let those guys – the free agents, if you want to call them that – do the IPL and then afterwards make themselves available.
“We’ve still got quite a few games (before the World Cup).
“From the first of June, which is the Sri Lanka tour, those guys need to make themselves available. Whether we select them is another story.
“But they need to make themselves available if they want to put their hands up for a World Cup spot.”
Australia will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 from 18th October to 15th November 2020. South African national team will get the huge boost if AB de Villiers returns to the side.
In the last year, AB was in great form with the bat as he was the most T20 run-scorer among the men cricketers. In 2019, he scored 1,580 runs in 43 T20s (average 52.67; strike-rate 156.90). The right-handed batsman scored an only century and 14 half-centuries in that year’s T20 matches.
While the South African Head Coach has agreed with the in-form players’ return to the national jersey, AB de Villiers has also wished to return to the national colour. In IPL 2020, he will serve for his longtime side Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).