On Wednesday, South African AB de Villiers stepped down captaincy from ODI side but will be available for selection in all formats of the game. De Villiers requested to Cricket South Africa to reduce him from his duties as Proteas ODI captain.
The statement has released on De Villiers ‘behalf by Cricket South Africa, the cricketer denied charges that he was being selective about matches and he fully supports to Faf du Plessis.
The 33-year-old said “A lot has been said and written over the past 12 months, and feel it is time to make my position absolutely clear. Over the past year or so, I have tried to manage many commitments.”
“I have felt mentally and physically tired; my wife and I are bringing up two fantastic kids and playing in all three formats ever since 2004 has taken its toll. Together with CSA, we have tried to develop a viable schedule which allows me to prolong my career for as long as possible.”
De Villiers said that might retire from one format of the game with the 2019 ICC World Cup in focus. “…This strategy has prompted some people to say I am picking and choosing when to play for the Proteas, and even to suggest I am somehow putting myself before the team. That is simply not true. That has never been true.”
Playing for the country South Africa is the greatest opportunity of his life. “Faf du Plessis has proved to be an outstanding captain of the T20 and Test teams, and bearing this in mind, I have informed Cricket South Africa that I would like to step down as captain of the ODI team.”
“It has been an honour to lead the team for the past six years, but it is now time for someone else to take the ODI side forward. Whoever is chosen as the new ODI captain will have my complete support.”
De Villiers was feeling “refreshed and revived” and looking to get back into the field from October. “If I am lucky enough to be selected, I can’t guarantee runs and catches. Nobody can do that. But what I can absolutely guarantee is 100 percent commitment to the Proteas in every format of the game, as and when required. That was my promise when I made my debut in 2004, and that is my promise today.”