Former South African captain AB De Villiers has denied reports that the Cricket South Africa had approached him to lead the national side again.
The 36-year-old termed the news as false and expressed agony over the rumors. “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.
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.
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) April 29, 2020
Country’s board new director and former captain Graeme Smith also responded to the development and called it fake news.
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) April 29, 2020
On the other hand, De Villiers is still hopeful that we will make a comeback to the national side for the T20 World Cup but admits that for this he should be in the best form and better than the next player in contention.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the T20 World Cup schedule for October and November in Australia remains very much in doubt, and it has also prevented De Villiers from making any decision for the future.
“Yes, that is my worry the schedule for the next 12 months is unclear the virus is hitting and what is going to happen with the cricket schedule around the world,” he said while talking to a renowned sports channel.
He also revealed that he has the support of the new head coach Mark Boucher and Director of Cricket Graeme Smith.
“The desire to get me involved with the Proteas has been shown by Cricket South Africa as well. With Mark Boucher as a coach and Graeme Smith as director, they are keen to get me involved which is very pleasing to hear,” he added.
However, De Villiers stated he will commit to playing once he is 100 percent ready.