Mark Boucher says AB de Villiers was not comfortable taking someone else’s place in South Africa T20I squad


Says de Villiers’ decision “unfortunate” since he remains one of the best T20 players in the world

Mark Boucher, the head coach of the South Africa men’s side, has revealed that AB de Villiers was not comfortable returning to the national squad in place of a player already in the system, effectively taking that spot. A day after de Villiers told CSA “once and for all, that his retirement will remain final”, Boucher said that while he “understood” the player’s concerns, the decision to not come out of retirement was “unfortunate”.

“AB has his reasons, which I respect,” Boucher was quoted as saying in The Citizen. “Unfortunately he’s no longer in the mix. I say unfortunately because I think we all agree that he’s still one of the best – if not the best – T20 players in world cricket.