A big blow to South African cricket as AB De Villiers won't be coming out of international retirement ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup in India as announced on Tuesday.
The 37 year old cricketer has said that he has decided "once and for all" that his mind will not change. The statement was apparently made after CSA announced the team for a tour of the West Indies.
CSA had stated that: "discussions with AB De Villiers have concluded with the batsman deciding once and for all, that his retirement will remain final."
Villiers had announced his surprise retirement from international cricket In May 2018. But reportedly, last month the versatile cricketer said it would be "fantastic" to make an international comeback ahead of the T20 World Cup.
"If I can slot in, it will be fantastic," de Villiers had said after he playing match-winning innings for his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL in April.
Villiers had also said he will have a chat with South Africa head coach Mark Boucher at the end of IPL 2021 while assessing his form and fitness after RCB's campaign in the 14th season of the T20 tournament.
The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in India in October-November.