The return of the king? AB de Villiers planning a comeback before T20 World Cup
South African captain Faf du Plessis is confident that newly-appointed coach Mark Boucher will convince AB de Villiers to make a comeback to international cricket.
In more positive news ahead of the much-anticipated Indian Premier League auctions, South Africa cricket team captain has Faf du Plessis confirmed that star batsman AB de Villiers is aiming to make a comeback into international cricket for the 2020 T20 World Cup.
The Proteas captain informed that talks have been going on for nearly three months to get Mr 360 ready for the marquee event in October next year.
"People want AB to play and I am no different," said the South African captain after his team Paarl Rocks - coached by former wicket keeper Mark Boucher with de Villiers in the line-up - won the Mzansi Super League final on Monday night.
"Those conversations have been happening for two or three months already: what does it look like, how does it look over the next year, and that's where it starts."
Former skipped ABD had announced his retirement from internation cricket in March this year citing exhaustion and excessive work load. The star batsman, who is known for his ability to score runs in all regions, has since been playing in franchise-based T20 tournaments aross the world. ABD will be an integral part of Indian Premier League team Royal Challengers' plans in the upcoming season.
There were rumours that de Villiers had made himself available for the ICC ODI World Cup earlier this year but the selectors chose to not select him because it was too late.
"T20 cricket is a different beast, it's not a lot of time away from home. If you are a full campaigner, you have to really get stuck in and spend a lot of time on the road. Those conversations have already taken place and will continue to before the next T20 series starts," said du Plessis.
But with Mark Boucher announced as the new coach for the Proteas, there is hope that ABD will make a comeback to full-time cricket by the end of 2020 summer.
"When you go to a World Cup, you want your best players playing for you. If I feel he (De Villiers) is one of your best players, why wouldn't I want to have a conversation with him?
"I've only just got into the job, I might have conversations with quite a few players and see where they are," Boucher had said earlier.
(with inputs from PTI)