Star South African batsman AB de Villiers on Wednesday denied being approached to lead the nationwide group hours after a TV channel quoted him as saying that a suggestion has been made by the nation’s cricket board.
“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,” de Villiers tweeted.
The explosive batsman retired from all types of worldwide cricket in 2018 however there was speak of a return within the nationwide group.
Star Sports present ‘Cricket Connected’, in a press launch, quoted him as saying that he has “been asked by Cricket South Africa to lead the Proteas again.”
Reports suggesting Cricket SA have requested me to lead the Proteas are simply not true. It’s arduous to know what to imagine as of late. Crazy occasions. Stay protected everybody.
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) April 29, 2020
The 36-year-outdated performed 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20s for the nationwide aspect earlier than his retirement.
The former captain mentioned that he’ll solely make a comeback if he feels that he’s adequate to play on the worldwide stage regardless that he has been a daily on franchise circuit.
“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 mentioned.
“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 mentioned.
South Africa coach Mark Boucher had earlier mentioned that de Villiers could be thought-about within the nationwide group for the T20 World Cup to be held in Australia provided that he exhibits good kind and proves himself to be the “best man for the job”.
But in wake of COVID-19 pandemic, de Villiers mentioned he’s not certain of a comeback if the T20 World Cup, to be held in October-November, is postponed.