The South African superstar had hinted that he would make a comeback into the South African team for the men’s World T20, which will be played in October and November 2021. SA Director Graeme Smith also said that ABD would return to International Cricket against West Indies in June.
But the recent development said that AB DE Villiers would not make any International comeback and his retirement decision is final. De Villiers had announced a shocking retirement decision in 2018, and after an IPL game, ABD also had discussed his comeback plans with the South African coach Mark Boucher.
The South African Cricket Board had discussed the comeback plans by AB De Villiers. But the stalwart Proteas batsman said that his retirement decision is final, and he doesn’t want to take any further call on that.
Therefore, the South African Board will announce the squad for the limited-overs series against West Indies and Ireland without AB De Villiers.
AB De Villiers was seen in great form for RCB – Royal Challengers Bangalore during the first half of the IPL 2021 season. Looking at his destructive exploits, the South African board had thought that ABD would have been the best option for them because, without him, the Proteas men have struggled to give their best performance on the field.
South Africa will play two Test matches and five T20 International matches against West Indies. The Proteas have also included two uncapped players in their squad for that series.
Prenelan Subrayen and Lizard Williams are the two players who might make their debuts in the series against the Windies. South Africa also has Tarbaiz Shamsi, Keshav Maharaj, and George Linde as the three spinners.
The team is in transition, and it has taken a while to come out of that period. But the board and the players are satisfied with whatever progress they have made. They have made some investments, and they expect a better show from them soon. The board will trust the players and support the process which the members are in at the moment.