Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers

SA coach Mark Boucher open to asking AB de Villiers to come out of retirement for T20 World Cup

Newly appointed South Africa head coach Mark Boucher has hinted at asking AB de Villiers to come out of retirement ahead of the T20 World Cup.

De Villiers is the fourth-highest run-scorer in the Mzansi Super League (MSL) 2019. Boucher played with de Villiers and at present also coaches him at Tshwane Spartans.


Considered one of the greatest players that South Africa has ever produced, former skipper ABD quit international cricket in March last year and has been plying his trade in the franchise-based T20 tournaments around the world.

“When you go to a World Cup, you want your best players playing for you,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Boucher as saying.


“If I feel he is one of your best players, why wouldn’t I want to have a conversation with him? I’ve only just got into the job, I might have conversations with quite a few players and see where they are.”

Boucher added: “You want your best players playing in the World Cup and if there’s a couple of issues you need to iron out, with media, with team-mates, and if it’s for the good of South Africa, why not, let’s do it.”


De Villiers has smashed the fastest ever century in ODI cricket off just 31 deliveries. The right-handed batsman is famous for his unorthodox shots in T20 cricket.

Meanwhile, Boucher was on Saturday named as South Africa head coach until 2023. The announcement was made by Cricket South Africa interim director of cricket, Graeme Smith, who only took up his post on Wednesday.

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