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Brisbane Heat signing AB de Villers has left the door ajar for an international return for the Twenty20 World Cup in October.
The former South African skipper made 40 from 32 balls in his BBL debut against the Strikers and admitted he would be interested in making himself available for selection at the World Cup.
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De Villers has not played for his country since May 2018, but said a call-up for the shortest format’s main event had been discussed with key players in South African cricket.
“There’s a lot that needs to happen before that becomes reality,” de Villers told cricket.com.au.
“I would love to. I’ve been talking to ‘Bouch’ (Mark Boucher), Graeme Smith and (captain) Faf (du Plessis) back home, we’re all keen to make it happen.
“It’s a long way away still, and plenty can happen – there’s the IPL coming up, I’ve still got to be in form at that time.
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“So I’m thinking of throwing my name in the hat and hoping that everything will work out.
“It’s not a guarantee once again. I don’t want to disappoint myself or other people, so for now I’m just going to try and keep a low profile, try and play the best possible cricket that I can and then see what happens towards the end of the year.”
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De Villiers nearly made an international return for the 50 over World Cup last year, but talks with Cricket South Africa and the then coaching staff broke down
The master batsman admitted it has been easier to talk to the new Cricket Director and coach because he played a large part of his career alongside Smith and Boucher.
“There are a lot of players (involved with CSA) who I used to play with,” de Villers explained.
“Guys who understand the game, leaders of the team for many years.
“So it’s much easier to communicate than what it used to be in the past. They understand what players go through – especially players that have played for 15 years internationally.
“It doesn’t mean that everything is going to be sunshine and roses but it’s definitely a lot easier and it feels comfortable, the language that’s being used and just the feel that everyone has at the moment in South Africa about the cricket.
“They’re my friends and I played 10-plus years with them internationally; we’ve been through a lot and it’s great to have them involved again, and as I said, hopefully I’ll be involved again as well pretty soon.”
The Twenty20 World Cup runs from October 18 to November 15.