The Pakistan Super League will see another brand name join the T20 competition, with AB de Villiers ready to play next year. The announcement, which PSL's official social networking pages had hinted at for a few days, was officially confirmed today after the league's Twitter page said "South Africa GOAT is now part of PSL! A warm welcome to AB from Villiers. "
De Villiers confirmed his participation with a video tweet .
– AB de Villiers (@ ABdeVilliers17) September 7, 2018  Securing the services of De Villiers, who He retired from all international crickets in May, it's a blow to the PSL, particularly since the 34-year-old South African said he would only be available to the Titans, his local franchise. . In recent years, he had limited himself to playing in a single league overseas T20, the Indian Premier League, where he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore. That he agreed to participate in the PSL represents a great change of opinion, given that he said in his retirement statement that he had left the game because he was tired. "It's not about gaining more elsewhere, it's about running out of gas and feeling that it's the right time to move on," he had said.
Given the reverence with which De Villiers' ability is maintained throughout the world, it is almost inconceivable that he would not be the first choice for any franchise in the draft. That means he will invariably be rewarded by Lahore Qalandars, who gets the first pick by dint of finishing in the bottom of the league last year. The Qalandars, who have finished in the bottom of the league in each of the previous three seasons of the PSL, recently used their first picks to sign high profile players such as Chris Lynn, Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle. They are also expected to name the Villiers captain of the team, with McCullum unlikely to participate in the PSL this year.
De Villiers has not played any cricket since the end of the IPL in May, but is expected to play for the Titans. in South Africa during the winter. He retired with 25 hundreds of ODI, 22 hundreds of tests and averages over 50 in both formats. He also holds the fastest ODI record, fifty, one hundred and 150, and was South Africa's second leading scorer in ODI, behind only Jacques Kallis, and the fourth highest in Tests, with only Kallis, Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla in front of the.