AB de Villiers, who retired from international cricket in 2018, has been snapped up by Brisbane Heat for the second half of the Big Bash League (BBL) 2019-20, including the finals provided the Heat get that far.
Former Australia captain Steve Smith, who won the man of the match award in the 1st Ashes Test against England, is one of the contemporary batting greats besides India skipper Virat Kohli, retired South African AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers, the former South Africa captain, said he was privately asked on the day of his retirement if he was open to play the 2019 World Cup and he did not offer. India skipper Virat Kohli has supported his IPL teammate.
Ottis Gibson said there was disappointment in the South Africa camp that the AB de Villiers issue had become public as his team battles for survival in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Gibson also said the 35-year-old would have been in the World Cup squad if he wanted to.