The C Times, 27 June 2017, Agartala: South African finest batsmen of the modern age AB de Villiers might announce his retirement from Test cricket. According to the reports, de Villiers will take a call on his future in August and also might quit from the long format to focus on the World Cup 2019.
As per the reports from ESPNcricinfo, de Villiers is pondering to retire from Test cricket and likely to meet Cricket South Africa (CSA) following the agreement of new South Africa coach in August.
Former South African captain Graeme Smith said that his ex-teammate de Villiers will give up from ODI captaincy and will focus on World Cup 2019.
Smith said, “AB is due to assess his future with CSA later this summer, and my advice to him would be to step away from the captaincy and concentrate his energy into maintaining his levels in white ball cricket for the next two years.”
“Put simply, if that is what’s best for him and the longevity of his career, then that is what’s best for South African cricket.”
Smith added, “AB has already made huge sacrifices for South African cricket, over such a long period of time, and with the next ICC World Cup just two years away, it’s likely that he is targeting that tournament as a swansong to his already illustrious career at the top level.”
“What has AB de Villiers got to prove to anyone? He’s a star, and those players are often expected to be available all of the time no matter what the consequences might be personally.”
Bangladesh will tour to South Africa in September and Villiers said “I am going to meet with CSA (Cricket South Africa) in August, and that will decide my (international) future. We will see what works for both parties. We are not going to pick and choose games, but we are going to make a final decision about what happens for the next few years.”
When asked about what he will be doing the nest couple of months, Villiers said “I am going to spend a bit of time off at home with the family, I’m going to welcome my new youngster into the world, and obviously look to stay fit. I want to make sure I am ready for September when Bangladesh come.”