AB de Villiers "would love to play" in T20 World Cup

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14 Jan 2020 | 10:22 AM
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AB de Villiers "would love to play" in T20 World Cup

The star batsman said he was in talks with the senior management of the South African team on an international comeback

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AB de Villiers "would love to" make his international comeback and play in the T20 World Cup in Australia slated to be held in October later this year. The reason for this changed thinking is because of the new set-up in South African cricket (CSA) with his once former team-mates Mark Boucher (now head coach) and Graeme Smith (now director of cricket) in charge of influential positions.

"There's a lot that needs to happen before that becomes reality," the star batsman told Cricket.com.au. 

"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."

"There are a lot of players (involved with CSA) who I used to play with," he continued. "Guys who understand the game, leaders of the team for many years. 

"So it's much easier to communicate than what it used to be in the past. They understand what players go through – especially players that have played for 15 years internationally. 

"It doesn't mean that everything is going to be sunshine and roses, but it's definitely a lot easier and it feels comfortable, the language that's being used and just the feel that everyone has at the moment in South Africa about the cricket."

de Villiers' good friend and current South African captain Faf du Plessis last month confirmed they were in talks about the former's international return.

"People want AB to play and I am no different," Du Plessis said. "Those conversations [with De Villiers] have been happening for two or three months already - what does it look like, how does it look over the next year, and that's where it starts. T20 cricket is a different beast; it's not a lot of time away from home. If you are a full campaigner you have to really get stuck in and spend a lot of time on the road. Test cricket now is the most important thing but also the T20 World Cup is not too far away. I reckon there are 20 T20s over the season, which won't be that hard. Those conversations have already taken place and will do before the next T20 series starts."

South African coach, Mark Boucher too spoke of the importance a player like de Villiers can make on the side. "When you go to a World Cup you want your best players. If you feel he's one of the best players, then why wouldn't you want to have conversations with him? If there are a couple of issues you've got to iron out, if it's for the best of South Africa, absolutely. Let's try and do it."

The 114-Test veteran is currently in Australia playing in the Big Bash for Brisbane Heat.

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