A few days after expressing his desire to make an international comeback for South Africa in the T20 World Cup 2020, the legendary cricketer, AB de Villiers has now expressed his wish to represent the Proteas in ODI cricket. ABD reaffirmed his thoughts to play 50-over cricket during chat with the commentator, Adam Gilchrist during the Bing Bash League (BBL) match when Melbourne Heatsuffered a loss to the Adelaide Strikers.
As per the quotes in Fox Sports, De Villiers said, “I would love to play, that was never the problem. I always wanted to play for South Africa, it’s a great honor to play international cricket.”
The 35-year-old reckons that the appointment of Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher to key roles in Cricket South Africa (CSA) can point the Proteas in a right direction in ODI s and T20Is.
Talking about the South African team management, ABD said, “I’ve been chatting with Mark Boucher, Smithy and some of the guys involved so hopefully, it all works out. We’ve had a few good discussions about the possible way forward. I’m going to have to score some runs obviously. “
He further added, “Watching some of the Test matches over December I was definitely thinking it would be really nice to be out there, but things have changed in my life … I don’t want to play 11 months of the year anymore, it’s too much. ODIs I wouldn’t take completely out of the equation, but for Test matches, it’s pretty much done.”
De Villiers had tried to come out of retirement ahead of the 2019 World Cup, making himself available for selection. However, CSA selectors felt it was too late as they preferred giving a chance to the youngsters.