AB ru­mours add to Proteas woes

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

DUR­BAN — As if things weren’t go­ing badly enough for the Proteas on the field in the first Test against Eng­land, they have now also had to ex­tin­guish ru­mours sur­round­ing the in­ter­na­tional fu­ture of star player AB de Vil­liers.

Re­ports had sur­faced over the week­end sug­gest­ing that De Vil­liers was con­sid­er­ing re­tir­ing from in­ter­na­tional cricket, but the 31-year-old was quick to dis­pel those ru­mours on Mon­day morn­ing.

And while he ap­pears to be go­ing nowhere for now, it seems that De Vil­liers’ work­load will be looked at closely in the com­ing months.

“When any in­ter­na­tional cricketer plays for 10 or more years there is al­ways a con­cern ... what hap­pens when they stop play­ing? We went through it with (Graeme) Smith, with Jac­ques Kal­lis ... even with a Mark Boucher, even though in his case it was un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stance,” Proteas team man­ager Mo­ham­mad Moosajee said af­ter Mon­day’s play.

“So AB is in con­stant con­tact with the head coach Rus­sell Domingo as well as the se­lec­tors to find op­por­tu­ni­ties to give him a break from cer­tain for­mats in the game. It’s no dif­fer­ent to the dis­cus­sions that would take place with any other se­nior play­ers.”

Moosajee added that any dis­cus­sions sur­round­ing De Vil­liers’ Test fu­ture would only take place next year when new CSA con­tracts are dis­cussed.

The Proteas do not play Test cricket again — af­ter the cur­rent Eng­land se­ries — un­til Au­gust 2016 when they host New Zealand.

“At this mo­ment in time AB is still very much com­mit­ted to play­ing for his coun­try. Ob­vi­ously it’s to look at the sched­ule for the com­ing 12 months and to find gaps in the fix­ture sched­ule where we can give him a break,” said Moosajee.

“We don’t have an­other Test se­ries un­til the new sea­son starts against New Zealand ... in Au­gust of next year.

“So that dis­cus­sion for the fol­low­ing year will prob­a­bly take place with the new con­tracts an­nounced which is some­time in May ... but cer­tainly un­til the end of the sea­son AB is com­mit­ted to play all forms.” — Sport24

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