AB de Villiers to play in IPL for 'a few years'

Published: July 10, 2018 21:46:13

When AB de Villiers announced his surprise retirement from international cricket in May, he left the question of playing overseas in any form vague, reports ESPNCricinfo.

De Villiers has now confirmed that the Indian Premier League (IPL) will be part of his post-international retirement plans, while reiterating that he also hopes to play for his domestic franchise, Titans, for a while.

"I will keep on playing IPL for a few years, and I would like to play for the Titans, and help some of the youngsters.

But there are no set plans. I haven't been able to say that for a long time," de Villiers told iol.co.za.

"There are some offers on the table from around the world, but it will be nice to wake up and wonder what to do; to be normal."

When he had retired, de Villiers had stated he had "no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket", likely referring to taking up a Kolpak deal the way several of his South African team-mates did.

The timing of his retirement also meant that de Villiers would end his career without a World Cup winner's medal, but he said he had made peace with that fact.

"For a long time, the World Cup was a massive goal," de Villiers said.

"But, in the last few years, I have realised that it isn't realistic to measure yourself purely on what you achieve in that tournament. That will not be the be-all and end-all of my career.

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