AB de Villiers Set to Bag R 3.5 Million for Big Bash League (BBL) Deal
South African legend AB de Villiers is expected to take home at least R 3.5 million (A$ 350 000) when he joins the Big Bash League in Australia which is slated to be played later in the year. As per reports in the ESPN Cricinfo, it is learnt that the Sydney Sixers are the firm favourites to bag his services for the Big Bash League. Meanwhile, the deal will be contributed by Cricket Australia and the local broadcaster financially as well.
“We would be absolutely delighted to have AB join the Sixers and have made an offer for this summer,” Sixers general manager Jodie Hawkins was quoted as saying by the ESPN Cricinfo.
“We understand there are a number of BBL clubs wanting to welcome AB, but we believe we offer him a great option to experience the Big Bash, living in Sydney by the beach, playing at one of his favourite grounds, the SCG, and just enjoying what Sydney offers in summer, that’s a pretty good proposition. He’d also be great working with some of our young stars like Josh Philippe, and meeting our incredible fans.”
If AB de Villiers does manage to join the Sydney Sixers, he will be playing alongside his former South Africa teammate Morne Morkel who is also set for a stint with the franchise. There is certainly no doubt about the fact that despite retiring from international cricket, De Villiers is still a force to reckon with and can demolish any bowling attack on their day.
AB de Villiers who is popularly known as Mr 360 is currently plying his trade for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. He has looked in sublime touch in the tournament and has already smashed some match-winning knocks. However, he hasn’t been consistent enough along with his skipper Virat Kohli which has resulted in RCB being knocked out of the tournament with still 2 matches left for them in the group stage.
AB de Villiers retired from international cricket last year and hence ruled him out of the 2019 World Cup which is slated to be played in England and Wales from 30th May. His absence will surely be a huge blow for South Africa who will be eyeing to lift their first World Cup title. The Proteas would have been bolstered had De Villiers been still a part of the South African limited overs team.
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