AB De Villiers Commits Himself To South African Cricket

AB De Villiers Commits Himself To South African Cricket

South African cricket captain AB De Villiers has squashed speculation that he is not committed to the future of the Proteas, insisting that he puts the national team before all other cricketing commitments.

The world-class batsman revealed that he has signed up to feature in the Caribbean Premier League T20 tournament in July as a player for the Barbados franchise, but added that his priority remains the Proteas and international cricket.

The 31-year-old was appointed captain of the South African squad after Hashim Amla resigned from the post to focus on his batting.

Speaking to the media in order to show his commitment to the Proteas, De Villiers mentioned that he has planned his schedule around the South African cricket fixtures that are upcoming in the year ahead.

“I’ve had a careful look at my schedule and am looking forward to the next few months,” said De Villiers, according to SuperSport.

“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,” he admitted.

De Villiers went on to prove his point by explaining that he decided against taking part in the Big Bash League in Australia later in the year as it would clash with a Protea home series against Sri Lanka.

“I remain absolutely committed to international cricket but, this year, it just so happens I can play in the CPL as well,” the popular skipper added.

“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,” De Villiers said.