Responding to an interview by Rapport newspaper, top batsman AB de Villiers expressed that he wants to reduce his workload as a cricketer. He also considered his retirement from test cricket. According to many former cricketers, his teammates, the top ICC cricket player is unsatisfied with the South African system. In the interview, the player expressed his concerns on his tightly packed schedules.
De Villiers does not want to indulge in all forms of cricket. It is noteworthy that the cricketer has been playing IPL as well other ODIs and T20 matches. He says that he loves to represent his country, but to keep himself fresh and enjoy the game he will have to get rid of tiresome schedules. However, with upcoming matches like the T20 World Cup, it would be difficult for the South African skipper to take a break. He is one of the outstanding ICC cricket players who played 98 tests matches since his debut in 2004. He has taken occasional breaks such as, during the birth of his first child and when he was banned for an over-rate violation in the July series with Bangladesh in 2015. Even though the South African management is keen to give him some offs, such circumstances did not arrive lately.
De Villiers'role in the team has been augmenting. He is placed higher than this normal fourth position in the batting line and he had to keep wicket since the drop of Quinton de Kock due to injury. The amalgamated effect of these roles seems to burden the player heavily. According to Rapport, however, what ailed the player most was the selection controversy of the World Cup semi-finals with instances like Vernon Philander picked ahead of Kyle Abbott.
It is also noteworthy that, de Villiers is not the only one to be upset with the current system. Graeme Smith had concerns over the selection of Thami Tsolekile, who was playing for Test XI. Smith retired from the game, reportedly, due to family reasons. A number of players from the South African team, according to Rapport, are considering to bid adieu to cricket including Dale Steyn and Philander.
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