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AB de Villiers quashes retirement rumors: Remain absolutely committed to SA, says world's best batsman

"I've had a careful look at my schedule and am looking forward to the next few months," said De Villiers.

AB de Villiers quashes retirement rumors: Remain absolutely committed to SA, says world's best batsman

New Delhi: In what would have come as a huge relief to Cricket South Africa and fans around the world, AB de Villiers on Thursday firmly stated his desire to continue playing international cricket.

Questions over the right-hander playing in the five-day format arose when he confessed in an interview the need for him to manage his workload going forward.

Apart from being part of three South African teams, De Villiers also plays in the Indian Premier League and has now signed up for the Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament.

"I've had a careful look at my schedule and am looking forward to the next few months," said De Villiers.

"For players in my position, it is important to find a balance between playing international cricket and participating in the various T20 leagues around the world.

"I remain absolutely committed to international cricket but, this year, it just so happens I can play in the CPL as well.

"In contrast, for example, I have declined offers to play in the Big Bash League in Australia because it clashes with our home series against Sri Lanka."

The retirement of someone like De Villiers would have further damaged the Test cricket brand, which is already losing favor with audiences.

The player draft for the 2016 CPL was held on Thursday with De Villiers' teammate Faf du Plessis lining up for the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots alongside Australian international Brad Hodge.

(With Agency inputs)

 

 

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