'Would love to' – De Villiers on his possible comeback in T20 World Cup
AB de Villiers on Tuesday said he would love to make a comeback to South Africa side for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.
De Villiers struck an eye-catching 40 off 32 balls in his Big Bash debut for Brisbane Heat as his side edged Adelaide Strikers comfortably.
The South African batsman had announced his international retirement in May last year. However, he has continued to play various T20 leagues across the world.
It was reported that he had offered to come out of his retirement to represent South Africa at the World Cup in England last year. His offer was rejected by skipper Faf du Plessis and coach Ottis Gibson, considering that it would be unfair to other players who had stepped up at that time.
A major shift in South Africa’s set-up was made ahead of the England Test series as Graeme Smith was appointed director of cricket, Mark Boucher as head coach and former batting great Jacques Kallis roped in as batting consultant.
Boucher and Faf du Plessis have recently hinted about the possibility of de Villiers' comeback. "People want AB to play and I am no different. Those conversations have been happening for two or three months already," du Plessis was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
De Villiers admitted about the conversations taking place but said a lot needed to happen in order to make a comeback.
"There's a lot that needs to happen before that becomes reality," he said.
"I would love to. I've been talking to 'Bouch' (new South Africa coach Mark Boucher), (new director of cricket) Graeme Smith and (captain) Faf (du Plessis) back home, we're all keen to make it happen.
"It's a long way away still, and plenty can happen – there's the IPL coming up, I've still got to be in form at that time. So I'm thinking of throwing my name in the hat and hoping that everything will work out.
"It's not a guarantee, once again. I don't want to disappoint myself or other people, so for now I'm just going to try and keep a low profile, try and play the best possible cricket that I can and then see what happens towards the end of the year."
South Africa still have plenty of time if they want to include de Villiers for the World Cup squad. They will play six T20Is against England and Australia at home before locking horns with two-time World Champions West Indies in August.