AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith dismiss reports stating Mr. 360 was offered Proteas captaincy

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Apr 29, 2020, 04:48 PM(IST)

A file photo of AB de Villiers. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

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Cricket South Africa (CSA) has asked retired-cricketer AB de Villiers ‘to lead the national side once again’ with Mr. 360 contemplating a return to international cricket for the Proteas, media reports stated on Wednesday. However, the former South African skipper has rubbished such reports

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has asked retired-cricketer AB de Villiers ‘to lead the national side once again’ with Mr. 360 contemplating a return to international cricket for the Proteas, media reports stated on Wednesday. However, the former South African skipper has rubbished such reports. De Villiers, who is regarded as one of the finest batsmen to have played the game, called it a day from international cricket in May 2018 but there has been a lot of talks surrounding his return to the national team.

"Reports suggesting Cricket SA have asked me to lead the Proteas are just not true. It's hard to know what to believe these days. Crazy times. Stay safe everyone," he tweeted.

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Whereas, Graeme Smith wrote: "Sorry this is absolute #FakeNews"

De Villiers was rumoured to return to South African team before the ICC T20 World Cup but the COVID-19 pandemic has shattered all the plans. ABD is of the view that he wants to be better than other players waiting for a chance in the playing XI while adding that he wants to show that he is still good enough to be in the team rather than taking up a spot based on his reputation.

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“The desire is there from my side to play for South Africa and have been asked by Cricket South Africa to lead the Proteas again,” the 36-year-old De Villiers, who played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20s,was quoted as saying in several reports. 

“The most important thing to me is that I have got to be in top form and I have got to be better than the player next to me. If I feel I deserve my spot in the side, it becomes much easier for me to feel that I should be part of the playing XI,” he said.

“I have not been part of the Proteas for a while and I feel that it’s important for myself and for other people to see that I am still good enough to be there,” he added as per reports.

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South Africa coach Mark Boucher had earlier said that De Villiers would be considered for the national team only if he proves he is “best man for the job”.

“However, with the virus going around, I don’t know what’s going to happen with the schedule,” he signed off.

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