Former South African captain Ab de Villiers’ comeback to international cricket has been the topic of discussion for a long time now. One of the marquee players in the Big Bash League (BBL), Mzansi Super League (MSL), and in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Ab de Villiers is a game-changing batsman in any middle-order, capable of smashing the ball over the park.
His potential return to the Proteas’ dressing room would commence with a single 36-over exhibition “3TC” match, featuring the top-notch South African international cricketers. It begins from the 27th of June at the Supersport Park in Centurion and will also mark the return of competitive cricket in the nation. As far as international cricket goes, the sport has stood suspended since March.
South Africa’s limited-overs captain Quinton de Kock will lead the kites while fast-bowling spearhead Kagiso Rabada will serve as the skipper of Kingfishers. On the other hand, Ab de Villiers would be in charge of Eagles, competing for Solidarity Cup. The match would display the brand new version that would comprise of three teams of eight players each, divided into two halves of 18 overs.
The teams are slated to bat for 12 overs, split-between two six-over periods in which they will face one opponent in the first phase and the other in the second half amongst a host of different latest rules. While leading South African cricketers would partake, the focus mainly lies on Ab de Villiers since has been in constant touch with head coach Mark Boucher and Director of Cricket Operations of South Africa, Graeme Smith over the past few months regarding his potential return.
Ab de Villiers to decide on the international future after stepping into the park:
The 36-year old opines that the upcoming tournament would go a long way on deciding his international comeback. The verdict with Cricket South Africa (CSA) regarding his involvement with the national side would take place over the next few months once they step into the field.
“I think this format is going to go a long way,” said De Villiers. “Decisions about involvement with CSA over the next 12 months haven’t been decided on yet. That will happen over the next few months once we get back onto the park and once we start playing cricket again.”the veteran said as quoted by Icl.co.za.
Having retired from international cricket in 2018, the right-handed batsman de Villiers was rumoured to make a return for the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia. He represented South Africa in 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 76 T20Is from 2004 to 2018.