“Keeping Players Inspired for All Three Formats Is A Global Cricketing Issue”- AB De Villiers On Changing Landscape Of Cricket


The 1st ODI between South Africa &  England is going to be played at Bloemfontein on 27th January (Friday). This ODI Series is extremely vital for Proteas as they are on the brink of missing direct qualification for ODI WC 2023. It would be interesting to see how the players switch from the SA20 league format to ODIs.

England has already qualified for the World Cup 2023 and at the same time they would be keen to see how Jofra Archer fares as he is making a comeback after a span of 2 years. Jofra Archer currently was seen playing in the SA20 league for MI Capetown where he was on fire.

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Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer. Pic Credits: Twitter.

AB de Villiers on 3 Formats

AB de Villiers was having an interaction with PTI and was asked about whether the players need to pick formats. ”That’s a tough question. Because I don’t want to be the guy to just say give up a format or two. And once again, it’s a global cricketing issue at the moment to keep the players inspired to play all formats of the game for their countries.” said AB de Villiers.

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AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

”But I do think there’s room with the various boards around the world to pinpoint players, to have community discussions and communication early on in players’ careers, to understand what they want to achieve, first of all, and secondly, where they fit in with regards to the cricket in their own country to represent the country internationally.” he added.

AB de Villiers on England ODI Series

AB de Villiers was asked about the scheduling of upcoming England ODI Series. ”I don’t think the break is ideal to be honest. So difficult to get the scheduling right and keep everyone happy. We want to see countries take each other on. It is the ultimate form of viewership but with all these leagues the excitement is there and it is financially healthy. It is very difficult for the ICC and everyone to make sure that the scheduling benefits everyone. I honestly don’t know what the answer is.” said AB de Villiers.

South Africa v England
South Africa v England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It won’t be wrong to say that World Cricket is switching towards Franchise Cricket with the ever increasing leagues. South Africa needs to bring their ‘A’ game as England have got a lot of match winners present in the team. Temba Bavuma mentioned that they would apply attacking approach in the series.

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