AB de Villiers’ return to South Africa has been ruled out after talks with head coach Mark Boucher on Cricket News

AB de Villiers withdrew from all international formats in May 2018; The now 37-year-old had been in talks of a possible return to white ball cricket ahead of the T20 World Cup earlier this year, but Cricket South Africa said his resignation would “remain permanent”.

Last update: 05/18/21 1:55 PM

AB de Villiers will not come out of international retirement for South Africa

AB de Villiers has decided not to return to international cricket and will not play for South Africa at the T20 World Cup to be held in India later this year, officials confirmed on Tuesday.

37-year-old De Villiers had spoken to head coach Mark Boucher about returning to the limited overs side after being eliminated from all international formats in May 2018.

“Talks with AB de Villiers have come to an end and the batsman has decided once and for all that his resignation will be final,” said Cricket South Africa as he finished his squad for the White Ball series in the West Indies and Ireland announced over the next few months.

11:48 AB de Villiers scored an unbeaten 76 of 34 balls when Royal Challengers beat Bangalore in the 2021 IPL Kolkata Knight Riders

AB de Villiers scored an unbeaten 76 of 34 balls when Royal Challengers beat Bangalore in the 2021 IPL Kolkata Knight Riders

De Villiers was at its best during this year’s Indian Premier League for the Royal Challengers Bangalore before being banned from the Covid-19 pandemic, and would have brought great experience to a struggling South African side that has underperformed in recent years.

In the meantime, South Africa has added off-spinner Prenelan Subrayen and seaman Lizaad Williams to its roster for the two-test series in the West Indies, which begins on June 10th.

Dean Elgar is the new test captain of South Africa and will lead the team against the West Indies

Dean Elgar is the new test captain of South Africa and will lead the team against the West Indies

The couple are part of a team of 19 led by new captain Dean Elgar. Subrayen is one of four front-line spin bowlers alongside Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi and George Linde.

These games will be followed by a T20 series of five games in the Caribbean before the team will travel to Ireland between 11-25 July for three one-day internationals and three T20 games.

South African test squad against West Indies: Dean Elgar (captain), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Peterson, Kagiso Rabada, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne , Tabraiz Shamsi, Lizaad Williams, Prenelan Subrayen, Marco Jansen.

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