Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday, May 18 confirmed that their veteran batsman AB de Villiers will not come out of retirement to play international cricket again. AB had hung his boots in 2018 after citing workload issues and hence, decided not to play for South Africa. However, he has been playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) every season.
Earlier, South African National Coach Mark Boucher had said that they will do everything in their power to convince AB de Villiers to come out of retirement. In fact, AB had also hinted at making a comeback but now, it seems he has made up his mind.
AB had hinted about his comeback during the IPL
“We (Head Coach Mark Boucher and him) are lined up to have a chat sometime during the IPL. But yes, we’ve been talking about it already. Last year, he asked me if I would be interested. And I said, ‘absolutely’. And come the end of the IPL, we will have a look at where we are at with regards to my form and my fitness,” AB had said recently about his comeback.
“Also, the situation with his team – he’s got to look at his guys who have been performing well over the last while. If there’s no space for me, so be it. If I can slot in there, it will be fantastic if all those things fall in place. Waiting for [the chat with] Bouchy towards the end of the IPL, and we will then plan accordingly,” he had added.
Cricket South Africa confirms AB won’t come out of retirement
Now, Cricket South Africa has made it clear that de Villiers won’t be returning to the national setup and his decision to retire internationally is full and final. “Discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all, that HIS RETIREMENT WILL REMAIN FINAL,” a statement read.