Why AB De villiers not playing in Pakistan Super League?
As sad as it sounds, AB de Villiers will not be featuring in the second season of Pakistan Super League after having not put his name in the PSL Draft which will be held later in October. De Villiers had missed the first season of the PSL as well.
South Africa’s all-round batsman, de Villiers, who can play in either of the three formats with utmost ease and has the ability to play shots 360 degrees around the wicket, has opted to rest out the period during which the PSL 2017 will be played.
De Villiers has been struggling with a few fitness issues including an elbow injury that has meant he has had to withdraw from a few of the series South Africa has been involved in. He missed the home series against New Zealand before having to rest from their ODIs against Australia at home. That will be followed by De Villiers missing out on the tour of Australia where the two teams feature in three Tests including South Africa’s first ever day-night Test match in Adelaide.
With his injury being an issue and a huge season coming up for South Africa, one needs to understand de Villiers’ decision to skip T20 competitions around the world could be an attempt to prolong his international career.
Not so long ago, a disgruntled de Villiers had indicated his international career was in jeopardy because of the amount of pressure he was facing with his young family in tow. However, he did retract it later by saying it was his frustration speaking. He had also admitted he did not realise how his injuries snuck up on him, and that he was looking to recover from about five-six injuries including a shoulder injury that has been troubling him for a few months.
De Villiers had said he believed he could go on playing cricket despite those injuries but he has had to stop now and try to take some time off from cricket. And one of the first things he has done is to reduce his participation from T20 cricket including the PSL.
There is one other reason though and that could be the bigger one. South Africa have two series they play in February-March 2017 – around the time that the PSL will be played. South Africa host Sri Lanka in a series that ends on February 10 before they leave for New Zealand for a series to begin on February 17 – so anyway he does not have the time to feature in the Pakistan Super League season two.
Hope to watch his feature in the third edition of the PSL then, don’t we?