Coronavirus Adds to Uncertainty Over de Villiers’ T20 WC Comeback



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Johannesburg: Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers has not made any concrete resolution over his return for the Proteas within the T20 World Cup, however he, nonetheless, has admitted that probabilities of him being out there for nationwide choice would lower if the match is postponed due to coronavirus pandemic.

“I am uncertain about giving a definite answer because I have been very hurt and burned in the past,” de Villiers mentioned in an interview with the Afrikaans weekly Rapport.

“Then people will again think I have turned my back on our country. I can’t just walk into the team. Like every other player, I have to work for my place and deserve it. It was very hurtful for me last year when people thought I assumed there was a place for me. I feel available and I will give it a go with everything I have, but I don’t want special treatment.”

de Villiers has been linked to South Africa’s T20 plans ever since Mark Boucher was appointed as head coach in December final 12 months. In January, in the course of the Big Bash League, he had mentioned that he would “love to” play for South Africa once more and would “hopefully be involved pretty soon”.

But he was not included within the T20 squads for sequence towards England Australia and it was believed that he could be thought of for choice after the Indian Premier League which presently stands suspended due to coronavirus outbreak.

Speaking to IANS in March, de Villiers had mentioned that he was taking issues slowly and can assess the scenario solely after taking part in the IPL and examine what is feasible and what is not.

“If the tournament (T20 World Cup) is postponed to next year, a whole lot of things will change. At the moment I feel available but at the same time, I don’t know how my body will feel then and if I will be fit,” de Villiers advised Rapport. “If I am 100 per cent as good as I want to be, then I will be available. But if I am not, I won’t open myself up to that because I am not the type of person who does things at 80 per cent.”

The former Proteas skipper mentioned he by no means expects any particular remedy. “Then I have to do trials and show ‘Bouchie’ (Boucher) I’m still good enough. They should choose me because I’m really better than the guy next to me. I’ve never been the type of person who felt I should get just what I wanted.”

South Africa are scheduled to play white-ball matches in Sri Lanka in June and 5 T20Is within the West Indies in July-August. All these fixtures, together with the IPL and the T20 World Cup are unsure, because of the COVID-19 pandemic which has introduced your entire sporting calendar to a grinding halt.

de Villiers retired from worldwide cricket in March 2018. He has since been lively within the franchise-based T20 tournaments world wide. He has up to now performed 78 T20Is wherein he has scored 1672 runs, averaging 26.12 with a strike charge of 135.16.

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