AB de Villiers’ chances of playing in the T20 World Cup this year have finished, with Cricket South Africa announcing that he has determined “once and for all, that his retirement will remain final.”
In May 2018, de Villiers announced his retirement from international cricket, but he has continued to play in franchise T20 tournaments. Last month, while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL 2021, it was revealed that he was in talks with South Africa coach Mark Boucher about a potential comeback in the T20 World Cup, which will be held in India in October-November.
The CSA reported in a release on Tuesday that talks with de Villiers had come to an end. There was nothing else to say about this development in the release, which was primarily focused on the squads named for South Africa’s upcoming Test and T20I tour of the West Indies.
The 37-year-old was in fine form for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 before the tournament was called off due to many players and staff testing positive for Covid-19. He batted 51.75 in seven games this season, including two half-centuries, for a total of 207 runs.
South Africa was recently outwitted by Pakistan in a home series, losing 2-1 and 3-1 to the ODI and T20I series visitors, respectively.
De Villiers, 37, is one of South Africa’s all-time great batters, having scored the fourth-most runs in Test cricket and the second-most in ODIs and T20Is. He is also one of the best T20 players in the world.