Cricket World Cup: AB De Villiers thwarted in World Cup over-rate plan

South Africa skipper AB de Villiers admitted Thursday he was so concerned about a possible World Cup suspension for slow over-rates that he considered handing over the captain`s armband to a team-mate.

AFP| Updated: Feb 26, 2015, 10:17 AM IST
Cricket World Cup: AB De Villiers thwarted in World Cup over-rate plan

Sydeny: South Africa skipper AB de Villiers admitted Thursday he was so concerned about a possible World Cup suspension for slow over-rates that he considered handing over the captain`s armband to a team-mate.

The Proteas were fined for maintaining a slow over-rate in their 130-run defeat by India, with de Villiers as skipper docked 20 percent of his match fee and facing the threat of a one-match World Cup ban if South Africa again fell short of the required over-rate.

De Villiers said he had been told he couldn`t give away the captain`s arm band to circumvent a future ban.

"I actually asked the umpires about it and I`m the nominated captain for the tournament so I still get banned," said the captain on the eve of South Africa`s Pool B clash against the West Indies at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

"We have spoken about it at length. I think all the captains are under pressure in this tournament, they`re very strict," de Villiers added.

"It`s understandable because this tournament is under the spotlight and things need to happen in the right way so I`m under pressure, we know that, we`ve had a good discussion about it.

"There is nothing else you can do about it than just get it right, it`s just one of those things that you have to keep the intensity for 50 overs which is not easy. 

"I believe the boys will react."