Cape Town: Former South African batsman that his hopes for returning back to the national side will be ended if the T20 World Cup scheduled for October in Australia will postpone to next year due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The 36-year-old De Villiers, regarded as one of the best limited overs batsmen in the modern-cricket, hopes to make a comeback for South Africa at the global event, having retired from all forms of international cricket in May 2018.
“If the tournament is postponed to next year, a whole lot of things will change,” De Villiers, 36, told South Africa’s Rapport newspaper.
“At the moment I feel available but, at the same time, I don’t know how my body will feel then and if I will be fit. If I am 100% as good as I want to be, then I will be available. But if I am not, I won’t open myself up to that because I am not the type of person who does things at 80%,” he added.
De Villiers has clarified that he doesn’t want any special treatment and in order to make a comeback, he has to pass the selection criteria.
“I’ll have to do the trials and show (coach Mark) Boucher I’m still good enough. They should choose me because I’m really better than the guy next to me,” he maintained.
“I’ve never been the type of person who felt I should get just what I wanted. I can’t walk into the team. Like every other player, I have to work for my place and deserve it.” he concluded.