CSA says de Villiers will not come out of international retirement

Johannesburg, May 18 (PTI): Cricket South Africa on Tuesday announced that AB de Villiers won’t be coming out of international retirement ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup in India, saying that he has decided “once and for all” to not change his mind.
Putting to rest speculations around his comeback, CSA said that “discussions with AB de Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all, that his retirement will remain final.” The statement was reportedly made after CSA announced the team for upcoming tour of the West Indies, though it focussed largely on the squads for the the two Test matches and five T20Is in the Caribbean islands rather than de Villiers’ retirement. In May 2018, de Villiers had announced his retirement from international cricket.
He played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is before announcing the surprise decision.
However, last month the 37-year-old versatile cricketer said it would be “fantastic” to make an international comeback ahead of the T20 World Cup.
The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in India in October-November.
“If I can slot in, it will be fantastic,” de Villiers had said after he playing match-winning innings for his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore in the now-suspended IPL in April.

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