JOHANNESBURG: Speaking ahead of the third test against England, swashbuckling South-African batsman AB de villiers had clarified that there was a bit of truth in the rumors going around in the South African media about his retirement. The 31-year-old had also been appointed as the Test Captain of the South Africa team after Hashim Amla voluntarily gave-up his captaincy due to poor performance.
In his interaction to the media, AB de villiers said “Yes, there is a bit of truth in the rumors. Many other players may follow me if the International Cricket Council (ICC) does not consider bringing in structural changes to the International cricket schedule”.
“Since the last three years, i have been searching answers for a lot of questions pertaining to my game of cricket. I was not able to enjoy the game and remain fresh as i used to be before. I don’t have a knowledge on the right amount of cricket that i have to play, so that i can remain fresh. Owing to the busy schedule and the burdensome career of players, i may have expressed my views at several occasions and that’s leaked a bit”, AB added.
The right-handed batsman underlined that the current financial model of cricket has changed the sport drastically. He went on to say that the game of cricket has now become a financial business more than a sport itself. “Players need some time to relax between two successive international tours. After all, we are humans too. We have a family to care for and a life to crave for enjoyment. Playing non-stop cricket has been frustrating. I request the ICC to at least start working on this issue from now”.
Since the launch of more than seven lucrative domestic cricket leagues, players have been loaded with a busy schedule through out the year. Even the International schedule between two ODIs in a bilateral series does not guarantee a gap of more than three days.
“Yes i agree domestic leagues have been there making it even more difficult for the players to handle their career. But, some times they helps us to boost our financial life. We need a proper management of all these leagues and international cricket. I personally love international cricket on top of all and i admire Test cricket as the best format”, de villiers said.
The Test-skipper said that his current focus will be on the upcoming two tests against England and will take a decision on his career after the conclusion of the ongoing series.