Villiers superstar batter AB said he would “love” to make an international comeback with South Africa at the October ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.
De Villiers, who hung his Proteas shirt in May 2018, made a composite of 40 balls of 32 at the KFC BBL debut in Brisbane Heat’s seven wicket victory over Adelaide Strikers at Gabba on Tuesday afternoon, and said after the power of the new image The structure in Cricket South Africa (CSA) made the prospect of a return attractive, with the T20 World Cup as the ideal lure.
“There is a lot that must happen before that becomes a reality,” said the 35-year-old.
“I’d love to. I’ve been talking to ‘Bouch’ (South Africa’s new coach, Mark Boucher), (new cricket director) Graeme Smith and (captain) Faf (du Plessis) at home, we’re all anxious to make it happen.
“It is still far away, and many things can happen: the IPL is coming, I still have to be fit at that time.”
“So I’m thinking of putting my name on the hat and hoping everything goes well.”
“It’s not a guarantee, once again. I don’t want to disappoint myself or other people, so for now I’m just going to try to keep a low profile, try to play the best cricket possible and then see what happens in order to year “.
De Villiers has flirted with an international return previously. Last year, before the ICC ODI World Cup in the United Kingdom, it was reported that the South African was available for the tournament, only for CSA to reject the offer.
But with a significant change of the guard within the governing body in recent months, the possibility of a return of Villiers this time seems more feasible.
“There are many players (involved with CSA) that I used to play with,” he continued. “Guys who understand the game, team leaders for many years.
“So it’s much easier to communicate than it used to be in the past. They understand what the players are going through, especially the players who have played for 15 years internationally.”
“It doesn’t mean that everything is going to be sun and roses, but it is definitely much easier and feels comfortable, the language that is being used and the feeling everyone has in South Africa right now about cricket.”
De Villiers said he was an inverted spectator when the recent turmoil in CSA occurred, with the recruits of Boucher and Smith, as well as the new batting consultant Jacques Kallis, with a smile on his face.
“They are absolutely my friends and I played with them internationally for more than 10 years,” said the veteran of 114 tests.
“We’ve been through a lot of things and it’s great to have them involved again, and as I said, I hope to get involved again soon.”
De Villiers’ revelation will be music to the ears of South African fans, although it is not surprising to people like Du Plessis and Boucher, who revealed last month that talks to attract the legendary hitter were already underway.
“People want AB to play and I am no different,” said du Plessis last month. “Those conversations have been going on for two or three months now. How does it look? What does it look like next year? That’s where it starts.
“The T20 cricket is a different beast, it is not long away from home. The T20 World Cup is not far away and there is not much. I calculate 20 T20 during the season, which will not be so difficult in one to do that. conversations have already taken place. “
Boucher added: “When you go to a World Cup, you want your best players to play for you. If I feel he is one of your best players, why wouldn’t I want to have a conversation with him?”