The return of the veteran South Africa batsmen AB de Villiers was the most significant talking point in world cricket after the suspension of the IPL. After announcing his retirement from international cricket in 2018, rumours have circulated that de Villiers would make a comeback for the T20 World Cup later this year. In reality, South Africa coach, Mark Boucher, has hinted that de Villiers might be a contender for the ICC event on several occasions.
All of this hyped during IPL 2021 when De Villiers said, "Come the end of the IPL, we will have a look at where we are at with regards to my form and my fitness. Also, the situation with his [Boucher's] team - he's got to look at his guys who have been performing well over the last while. If there's no space for me, so be it. If I can slot in there, it will be fantastic if all those things fall in place."
Boucher reveals story behind ABD's decision
However, on Tuesday, the board reported that AB de Villiers declined to come out of retirement, although the discussion took place.
"Discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding, once and for all, that his retirement will remain final," read the statement.
"AB has his reasons, which I respect. Unfortunately, he's no longer in the mix. I say unfortunately because I think we all agree that he's still one of the best – if not the best – T20 players in world cricket," Boucher told The Citizen.
"As a coach I needed to try and get our best players, for the team and the environment. AB is an energy-booster in any environment, but I respect his reasoning. It was worth a go, but now let's move forward," Boucher added.