Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers has not put his name in The Hundred and will not be playing the inaugural season of the league, that will be played next year. As per a report in ESPNcricinfo, he name does not feature in the list for the draft that takes place on October 20.
The report also adds that the scheduling is the reason behind him not playing the tournament as a team plays eight matches in one month.
De Villiers had retired from international cricket to spend more time with his family, that has also seen him picking and choosing games since becoming a T20 freelancer.
He went on to play Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh Premier League and also T20 Vitality Blast in England, where he missed a part of the tournament to be with his family. He played full season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Recently, he also signed up for Brisbane Heat for the BIig Bash League but will only be available in the second week of January. He has been managing his time spent in T20 leagues around the world.
It is to be noted that the star batsman had decided to play in The Hundred and his absence from the draft comes as a big surprise.
Apart from De Villiers, it has also been confirmed that Harbhajan Singh will also not be available for the tournament as he will withdraw from the draft to be eligible to play for Chennai Super Kings in IPL.
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As per BCCI’s rules, no Indian player is allowed to play in any T20 league until he announces his retirement from India cricket. This also includes IPL.
The rule saw Yuvraj Singh retire from the game to be eligible to play in the Global T20 Canada. In 2015, Virender Sehwag also retired to be eligible to play Masters Champions League.