Barry Richards Advises AB de Villiers To Quit One-Day Captaincy
With AB de Villiers’ cricket career in a limbo at the moment, South Africa great Barry Richards has advised the Proteas’ One-Day International captain to give up captaincy in order to prolong his international career.
In a desperate attempt to remain injury-free and win major silverwares in the limited-overs of the game, de Villiers has taken a break from Test cricket. The 33-year old had missed the Test series against Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand due to an elbow injury but returned to white ball cricket earlier this year. And although he is plying his trade in the limited-overs format, he ruled himself out of the upcoming Test series against England and Bangladesh, respectively.
But despite concentrating solely on the limited-overs format, results have not been in favour of de Villiers. South Africa recently lost the T20I series England by a margin of 2-1 and had lost the ODI series by the same margin last month. The AB de Villiers-led side had a poor outing in the Champions Trophy too where they exited the competition at the group stage. And with very little going de Villiers’ way, Richards has advised the star batsman to take a call on his captaincy soon.
“The de Villiers thing has escalated,” said Richards at a press conference in London on Thursday (June 29).
“It’s become a bigger issue than it should have been. It should have been managed a lot better a long time ago,” added Richards.“I think AB is up to here with cricket. I think he’d like to go the independent contractor route.”
Richards further said Faf du Plessis is capable of leading the side in all the formats. Du Plessis has done a wonderful job as the Test skipper, leading the Proteas to Test series wins in Australia and New Zealand in addition to winning against Sri Lanka at home.
“He’s got a young family, he’s away (from home) a lot. If he wants to continue playing (for South Africa he should give away the captaincy. Faf (du Plessis) has done a very good job and I think he can do a good job in all three formats. If AB wants to carry on playing he should give away the captaincy and concentrate on his batting,” Richards explained.
“He’s a wonderful player but in the last few months I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him,” he added.
De Villiers To Take A Call Soon:
Meanwhile, De Villiers has made it clear that he would decide his cricket future in August.
“I am going to meet with CSA (Cricket South Africa) in August, and that will decide my (international) future,” de Villiers told reporters after the third T20I against England.
“We will see what works for both parties. We are not going to pick and choose games, but we are going to make a final decision about what happens for the next few years,” he had added.