Karachi: South Africa limited-overs captain Quinton de Kock has revealed that AB de Villiers was “definitely in line” to play for South Africa in the T20 World Cup this year in Australia.
The 36-year-old De Villiers, who retired from international cricket in 2018, had shown signs to return for South Africa’s T20 World Cup campaign but now the tournament is postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Doubts have now once again resurfaced about his comeback and De Kock is not sure if De Villiers will be available to play next year as the tournament has now been postponed to 2021.
“He was definitely in line. If fit, I would have loved to have AB de Villiers. I think any team would have loved to have AB de Villiers in their team,” He said while speaking on the Cricket Connected show on Star Sports.
“While we were pushing for him, now we will have to see when the T20 World Cup is going to happen now,” he added.
De Villers after playing in the three-team Solidarity Cup on Saturday, said he was not unsure about his international future.
“I don’t know what to expect, to be honest. It has been quite a few months now and nothing really has been properly scheduled yet,” he said.
“Obviously I would just like to get out there and play cricket. There are lots of talks, but in the meantime, I will stay fit in the gym and hit cricket balls. Hopefully, the virus moves on and we can get back to as normal as possible in no time,” he added.