PSL participation likely to pave way for AB de Villiers' BBL debut this year

PSL participation likely to pave way for AB de Villiers’ BBL debut this year

Earlier today, he confirmed that he will be playing in the PSL.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. (Photo by Carl Fourie/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Former South African cricketer, AB de Villiers announced that he would be taking part in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) next year. One of the finest Proteas cricketers ever, De Villiers decided to bid adieu to his international career a few months ago as he felt he had enough of it. The 34-year-old still has a lot to offer and hence the various cricket leagues around the world have placed their radar on him.

The right-hander earlier confirmed that he would continue playing for his domestic side, Titans. Also, IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) mentioned that their dashing batsman will continue to play for them for a few more years. Now, with De Villiers confirming his PSL stint, Big Bash franchises seem to be eyeing at inking a contract with him for the upcoming season.

AB could take up a replacement deal

The former Proteas skipper earlier stated that he had no plans to play overseas. However, with him now being a part of the PSL, it sends an indication that he could be willing to play a few other leagues in the world as well. Hence, this could open the doors for him to take part in BBL 8 according to

With an extended 59-game BBL season requiring several teams to swap international players midway through the tournament because of national playing commitments, De Villiers could yet take up a replacement player deal in January and February.

AB de Villiers could be one of the biggest attractions in the upcoming PSL drafts. “The Pakistan Super League has grown into one of the top T20 tournaments around the world. It has given Pakistanis much to cheer about. I’ve certainly enjoyed watching some of the PSL games on television in recent years. In 2019 I will be participating in the PSL. I certainly can’t wait,” he stated in a video which was posted on his official Twitter handle.

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