One of the big stories doing the rounds this week has been Ab de Villiers’ future in the Big Bash League (BBL) this summer.
Initially, reports suggested that Sydney Thunders have kept Ab de Villiers as their prime target, but it seems like it won’t be easy for them to rope in the star batsman, as now Hobart Hurricanes have also joined the race to get de Villiers in their squad.
Cricket Tasmania’s new executive chairman Nick Cummins believes they are the favourites to have Ab de Villiers in their ranks. Cummins who, in the past was associated with Sydney Thunders revealed he tried to rope in De Villiers during his stint there but believes he will be successful this time because of the South African connection with Gary Kirsten appointed as the coach. Cummins said,
“I’ve been talking to his manager for the past two years while at the Thunder, so we just change the colour of that conversation and continue those conversations.”
De Villiers has been out of the Test match action of late; as he last played a Tests against England in January in 2016 and now will meet with Cricket South Africa’s official to decide on his international Test career.
Hobart Hurricanes will be without the services of Kumar Sangakkara and Stuart Broad this season and the Protea star inclusion; the big shoes could be filled.
Cummins also said that he would be surprised if De Villiers plays for Thunders this season, as it is almost impossible for them to fulfil his financial demands in their remaining salary cap. He quoted,
“I would be surprised if AB played Big bash this summer. It would be difficult to have the amount of money that he would command remaining in your salary cap so late into the piece. Certainly from a salary cap perspective next year, he’s a player that we would be able to afford to get.”