Former South Africa cricketer AB de Villiers, who made his debut in the Vitality T20 Blast last week has expressed his desire to play in the Hundred starting next year.
De Villiers eager to feature in The Hundred
A brainchild of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), The Hundred will start from July 2020. The league will consist of eight city-based franchise teams, each of which will field both a men’s and women’s team. It is intended to run alongside the county-based Vitality t20 Blast for men and supersede the Kia Super League. While it has received criticisms from certain sections, cricketers like Virat Kohli has extended his support to the new format.
AB de Villiers, who recently found himself in a controversy surrounding South Africa’s World Cup squad, has expressed his desire to play in the new format. The former cricketer admitted he is still fit and has the ability to compete with the best in the business. Moreover, de Villiers stated that he has not gone through the rules and regulations of the tournament, but he will support the cause if its good for the game.
“Maybe I’ll do both next year, who knows,” de Villiers told Middlesex’s website. “If I am still fit, hitting them well and I’m competing with the best in the world, why not? I haven’t seen the rules and regulations for The Hundred, but whatever is good for the game of cricket I am going to support,” he added.
Furthermore, AB de Villiers added that innovations are always good and seemed excited for the new format, The Hundred. The prolific run-scorer retired from international cricket last year. He has since played in the Bangladesh Premier League, Pakistan Super League, Indian Premier League and others.
“Innovation is fantastic. If you never try you never know, so we’ll see what happens. If it’s OK, great; if it fails you move on, but I’m very excited to see how it works and maybe something will come of it. Whatever promotes the game of cricket and brings more people to the game I’m a fan of,” he concluded.