Shamsi keen on AB return

05 May 2021 20:46:03 GMTPlus10

South Africa spinner Tabraiz Shamsi says AB de Villiers would be "hard to ignore" if he wanted to make an international comeback.

Wicketkeeper-batsman De Villiers starred for the Proteas in all three formats, playing 114 Test matches, 228 ODIs and 78 Twenty20 internationals before retiring from national service in 2018.

The 37-year-old remains as dangerous as ever in Twenty20 cricket and South Africa coach Mark Boucher has revealed that he has spoken to De Villiers about an international comeback in October's T20 World Cup.

Let's be honest, a player like that is hard to ignore.

Tabraiz Shamsi

De Villiers has played some characteristically eye-catching innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore at this year's Indian Premier League. He cracked an unbeaten 76 off just 34 balls in a win over Kolkata Knight Riders before picking up another man-of-the-match award for his 75 not out against Delhi Capitals.

Fellow South Africa veteran Faf du Plessis has also been in the runs in the IPL, scoring 95 not out, 50, 56 and 50 in his last four games, and he is also expected to be part of the Proteas' T20 World Cup squad.

Left-arm spinner Shamsi, who has taken 31 wickets in 32 T20 internationals, played all four matches of South Africa's 3-1 home defeat to Pakistan in April.

Asked about a possible return for De Villiers, he told Cricket Pakistan: "AB is a world-class player and he can walk into any team. That's how good he is, it doesn't matter whether it's England or Australia or South Africa.

"I don't know what AB's situation is, it all depends on how he feels and how the coach feels and the selectors too. But, let's be honest, a player like that is hard to ignore."

South Africa are 12/1 to win the T20 World Cup 2021, with India 9/4 and England 4/1.

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