Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Thabang Moroe said veteran AB de Villiers has shown interest in taking the consultancy role. However, the time period for which he would be available is yet to be finalised.
Meanwhile, de Villiers had recently pulled down the curtains on his illustrious career which had sent the shocking waves. In fact, the talisman batsman can be seen providing his crucial insights to the Proteas side.
AB de Villiers presence can do a world of good for the South African side:
However, de Villiers had called it quits as he wanted to spend more time with his young family.
Therefore, it is anticipated that if de Villiers will take up the role, he will not be available for the whole time.
“He has indicated it would be something he is keen on. But we need to talk about the scale,” Moroe said at a press conference following his appointment.
“AB has just retired with the notion of him wanting to spend more time with family. If I am going to put him in the development or pipeline structures and he ends up spending more time away than when he was in the national team, it is obviously not going to work for him.”
If de Villiers joins the South African dressing room once again, then it can be a shot in the arm for the team. Proteas failed to deliver a consistent performance in the major events of the world-body ICC.
Consequently, they would aim to turn the tables in next year’s ODI carnival.
However, there is no doubt that the road is not going to be smooth for the Rainbow Nation without the services of their linchpin.
Moroe added that they need to figure out de Villiers role. “We need to sit down and agree on how we are going to do it, when we are doing it and the details around it. But it’s something he has indicated he would like to do,” Moroe said.
Meanwhile, former Windies fast bowler Ottis Gibson is the head coach of the South African team.
Currently, Dale Benkenstein is the batting coach of the team. In fact, former right-hander Neil McKenzie had previously served as a batting consultant.