Published: Fri, January 17, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

De Villiers ponders T20 World Cup return

De Villiers ponders T20 World Cup return

"I am sure the life experience he has gained from the previous year or two being outside worldwide cricket, that would be enormous for the environment and South African cricket", he said.

"I've been talking to "Bouch", [former captain and new director of cricket] Graeme Smith and [current captain] Faf [du Plessis] back home, we're all keen to make it happen", de Villiers said after making his BBL debut for the Heat on Tuesday.

Boucher and Smith are former colleagues of de Villiers and he said he wanted to work with them again. I would like that This time the combination is set in advance so that the boys can play more and more matches together.

"So I'm thinking of putting my name on the hat and hoping everything goes well".

He then made himself available for the one-day World Cup previous year, only to be rejected, with officials saying he left it too late and calling him up would be unfair to other players.

The 35-year-old retired from global cricket in 2018 and was created a media frenzy last year when it was revealed that he was keen to come out of retirement for the 2019 World Cup in England.

With the highest of 69, he scored at an average of 45+ and a strike rate of over 150, nearly ideal in T20 cricket.

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However, the change in personnel in the South African board and backroom seems to have led to a change of heart for De Villiers.

"So it's much easier to communicate than what it used to be in the past".

De Villiers declared his intention to play in the T20 show in Australia after scoring 40 of 32 balls in his Big Bash League debut in Brisbane Heat's seven wicket victory over Adelaide Strikers.

Pop star De Villiers, who left worldwide cricket in 2018, was quoted on an Australian website on Tuesday as wanting to return. And while de Villiers has been very vocal this time around, Nkwe has made it clear that the comeback is not as easy as it is assumed to be.

"They are my friends, I played 10-plus years with them, so we've been through a lot and great to have them involved again". "It is the same as what I mentioned earlier", said Du Plessis. It's not a guarantee, I don't want to disappoint myself or other people. Even after he retired, he kept entertaining his fans by featuring in various T20 tournaments around the world. "Those conversations have been happening for two or three months already".

"You want your best players playing in the World Cup and if there's a couple of issues you need to iron out, with media, with team-mates, and if it's for the good of South Africa, why not, let's do it".

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