De Villiers

AB de Villiers is "extremely excited" to return to playing cricket in next month's Mzansi Super League, the new T20 competition from Cricket South Africa. De Villiers, who announced his retirement from international cricket at the end of IPL 2018, is part of the Tshwane Spartans team, and his play on the first MSL weekend in November will mark the end of a six-month break from the game. for him.

"I have not played cricket for a while, but I'm getting back to the rhythm of things," De Villiers said at the launch of Tshwane Spartans in his homeland, SuperSport Park. "I've had these kind of breaks before and it's always a challenge to get in shape and hit the balls again, I'm looking forward to that, and what will be a very good challenge in the Mzansi Super League."

MSL is the CSA's second attempt in its own local T20 league, and although they are lagging behind on the T20 league's global circuit, de Villiers said the development was an important milestone in South Africa's cricket.

"It's a big step in" The right direction for Cricket South Africa and South African cricket, "he said." As a unit, we will seek not only to hold this tournament, but it will be a great show for fans to enjoy. the world. "

The expansion of the cricket fan base in South Africa has been fundamental for CSA, thinking about restructuring its T20 league after the first aborted attempt.Financial stability could be a more difficult challenge since the first season of MSL will cost more than it brings, with a budget of CSA for a loss of R40 million (USD 2.7 million), although it is understood that the Broadcasting Corporation of South Africa (SABC) recovered exclusively TV rights to the tournament of But de Villiers insisted that the league had great potential.

"It's hard to say [how big the MSL could get] but the potential is huge," de Villiers added. "This tournament will give us a to idea of ​​what to expect and where it will go, but it will improve every year. At first, the IPL was a bit slow because people did not know where they were going, but look at it now. "

The return of De Villiers to the cricket franchise in South Africa has been accompanied by rumors of a possible withdrawal of the national team before next year's World Cup in England, but he hastened to crush any talk back.

"No, there's no return," he said. "I made the mistake of saying never say never & # 39;, which is a philosophy that I have always followed in my life. I was really trying to say that I'm focusing on the now, but it went horribly wrong and the next minute. "There were headlines all over the world.

" Of course, I do not want to confuse anyone around the world, especially the Proteas team. It will be very selfish and arrogant of me to make statements that I want to play in the World Cup. I am happy where I am and concentrating on the now and I will never say "never say never" again. My goal at the moment is to play cricket well in the Mzansi Super League for the Spartan Tartans. I've been working hard to stay in shape. "

De Villiers will join an average Tshwane Spartans order that also includes the England captain, Eoin Morgan." I am very happy because [Morgan] is a great leader and has been in a fantastic way, "De Villiers said of Morgan. He is a winner and I think we were lucky with him. I do not know how he ended up in our team because I thought he was going to be picked up sooner. I'm very happy to have him on our team. "


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