Africa's flamboyant batsman AB de Villiers has missed the last couple of series from the national squad due to an elbow injury and there were rumours got to spread that he will be announcing his retirement from Test cricket. He made himself unavailable for the Test series against New Zealand and that has made people's believes stronger that ABD might retire.
However, commenting on ABD's retirement, the Chief Executive of Cricket South Africa, Haroon Lorgat said, “This is a plan that we had six months ago, it’s just a case of when he starts or when he returns. Because once he starts, there’s no stopping and no time off. When you play, you play continuously. So he’s not picking and choosing. These are deliberate discussions that we’re having and which will continue.”
Despite the absence of AB, the South African team has achieved phenomenal heights in recent past. They defeated the mighty Australians in their own backyard and thrashed Sri Lanka as well. The squad is looking pretty balanced under the leadership of Faf du Plessis. Talking about that Lorgat said, “ODI cricket is the focus because he’s the captain. There’s no picking and choosing in that regard but with test cricket‚ it’s different because he’s not the captain and we’ve got a settled side and we’ve got the resources. If he wasn’t the captain of the ODI side‚ it might have been different and that’s the same with the T20 side."
He further elaborated, “What we’ve tended to do is to take things a series at a time. I’m confident by the time we get to the Champions Trophy and the England series‚ he’ll be fully fit and raring to go. Hopefully, his appetite will have returned with the amount of time he will have had away from the game. Family circumstances do change people but I’m confident England is the type of series he’d want to be available for."
Lorgat concluded by saying that Ab's inclusion depends on selectors as well. He said, “If the team feels they’ve got a winning formula going‚ AB is fully aware that it’s the selectors who’ll determine whether they want him back or not. Once you step on the playing treadmill‚ there’s no turning back."