“He is always in discussions” – Mark Boucher drops hint on AB de Villiers’ return from exile

South Africa head coach Mark Boucher hints about AB de Villiers' return for the twin T20 World Cups. Earlier CSA had rejected his appeal to return for 2019 World Cup.

AB de Villiers and Mark Boucher
AB de Villiers and Mark Boucher

The world awaits former South Africa skipper AB de Villiers‘ return from exile who was supposed to feature in the T20 World Cup 2020 in the Proteas green. But with the pandemic striking the world, the ICC tournament has now been postponed to 2021. And with it, de Villiers return to international cricket has been pushed once again. De Villiers had retired from international cricket in May 2018.

The hard-hitting South African was earlier open to making his return during the 2019 World Cup but his request was turned down by Cricket South Africa (CSA). But with a change in leadership, CSA’s stance in the matter has taken an about-turn. The governing body is now waiting with joy to welcome back de Villiers into the side for the twin T20 World Cups in India and Australia.

He is always in discussions

AB de Villiers

Proteas head coach Mark Boucher dropped a huge hint about Mr 360’s return to the side. Boucher said that de Villiers is “always in discussions.” And having come off a great season in the Indian Premier League he has becoming a strong contender for a spot on the flight to India next year. De Villiers hammered 454 runs in 15 games at an astounding strike rate of 159 for Royal Challengers Bangalore this season.

AB was in discussions before Covid, he is always in discussions when he is playing good cricket, to be honest with you. Going forward I haven’t had a discussion with him at all, he has been playing in the IPL. He had a very good IPL too,” Boucher was quoted as saying by News 18.

IPL 2021 will play a crucial part if he still wants to return to the national side. His form for RCB will have a huge sway on the governing body’s decision of including him in the squad for T20 World Cup 2021. One of the best white-ball players in world cricket, de Villiers has 9111 runs to his name in T20s at a strike-rate of over 150.

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