AB de Villiers, former South African captain, was very much a part of the national sides’ plans for the T20 World Cup in Australia, South Africa white-ball captain Quinton de Kock revealed on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.
The T20 World Cup was originally scheduled to take place in Australia later this year and it was widely speculated that AB de Villiers might come out of retirement for the quadrennial event.
“He was definitely in line. If fit, I would have loved to have AB de Villiers. I think any team would have loved to have AB de Villiers in their team.” Quinton De Kock said.
However, the Covid-19 pandemic forced the ICC to postpone the event till 2022 and Quinton de Kock said that the management along with AB will have to rework things out.
“While we were pushing for him, now we will have to see when the T20 World Cup is going to happen now.” he added.
AB de Villiers still undecided about an international return
De Villiers recently enthralled the folklore with a whirlwind 61 to lead his Eagles team to a gold medal in the 3TC fixture.
However, the legendary batsman is still unsure about his Proteas return.
“I don’t know what to expect to be honest. It has been quite a few months now and nothing really has been properly scheduled yet,” De Villiers told IOL Sports.
“Obviously I would just like to get out there and play cricket. There are lots of talks, but in the meantime, I will stay fit in the gym and hit cricket balls. Hopefully, the virus moves on and we can get back to as normal as possible in no time.” he added.
AB de Villiers sent shockwaves around the cricketing world when he announced a sudden retirement from all forms of the game despite being at the height of his powers in the summer of 2018. Since then, there have been a plethora of speculations about De Villiers possible comeback in the South African team. But with the T20 World Cup getting postponed, fans will have to wait for some more time before they see [If at all] AB back in South African colors.