De Villiers won't just walk back into South Africa team, says Nkwe

AB de Villiers of the Heat hits the ball to the boundary for a four

AB de Villiers of the Heat hits the ball to the boundary for a four

Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers, who made his debut for Brisbane Heat in the BBL on Tuesday, said he "would love to" to return to the worldwide arena for the T20 World Cup in October in Australia.

Talk of an global return came up before the 2019 World Cup too and reportedly CSA rejected the offer.

Because of the recent upheaval in CSA, Mark Boucher was appointed as the new head coach, Smith as the new director and Jacques Kallis was recruited as the new batting consultant.

"There's a lot that needs to happen before that becomes reality", said de Villiers.

"I would love to".

"It's a long way away still, and plenty can happen. So I'm thinking of throwing my name in the hat and hoping that everything will work out", he added.

De Villiers added that his return was "not a guarantee" and that he would focus only on playing "the best possible cricket that I can and then see what happens towards the end of the year".

Form is unlikely to be an issue if his successful BBL debut is anything to go by, de Villiers stroking a calm 40 to guide the Brisbane past Adelaide at the Gabba. 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. Fans have witnessed his absence, and more often than not, they keep on wishing that De Villiers should make a return to the worldwide circuit. The right-handed batsman had announced his retirement from worldwide cricket in 2018 owing to workload. Now, with the T20 World Cup in less than ten months, plans seem to be in place to facilitate his return. His comments also made it more or less clear that the possibility of a sensational return to worldwide cricket seems more feasible.

De Villiers retired from Test, ODI and T20I cricket in 2018 and has since been playing domestic T20 cricket around the world. "So it's much easier to communicate than what it used to be in the past", he said.

"They're my friends and I played 10-plus years with them internationally; we've been through a lot and it's great to have them involved again, and as I said, hopefully I'll be involved again as well pretty soon".

"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". He scored a staggering 20,014 worldwide runs (8765 in Tests, 9577 in ODIs and 1672 in T20Is).

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