South African batting great AB de Villiers has put cold water on all speculations about him returning to play at this year’s T20 World Cup by saying that his retirement is final.
The former South Africa captain retired from international cricket in 2018, and his last match for his country was a Test against Australia in Johannesburg in March-April that year. His last four Test innings were worth 71*, 126*, 64 and 69 runs, and his retirement at age 34 left fans lamenting that that he still had a lot of cricket left in him.
Since then there has been a lot of talk of him making a comeback for the national side. In 2019, it emerged that he wanted to come out of retirement for the 50-over World Cup that year but Cricket South Africa (CSA) refused to accept his offer because de Villiers had ignored requests to not retire in 2018. This year there was hope that he would unretire and play at the T20 World Cup, but CSA has stated that de Villiers has decided that his retirement is final.
Today CSA announced in a statement that discussions with de Villiers have concluded: “Discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all, that his retirement will remain final.” — TNS