South African batting sensation AB de Villiers has said that despite the mushrooming of a number of T20 tournaments around the world, he will only take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) during 2017.
“You won’t see me at Big Bash, you won’t see me in any County game or any other T20 tournament, except for playing South Africa and the IPL. I would like to say I am still very committed to South Africa”, he added.
De Villiers, had announced last week that he would not play in the Test series against New Zealand in March. He had said he would not be available for the England series this summer and the Test series against Bangladesh that follows the English tour.
The swashbuckling batsman says that he needs time away from the game, as his “priorities have changed over the years”. The Royal Challengers Bangalore star says he feels burdened by the volume of international cricket being played.
The Protean star has given up captaincy for his side as he has battled injury for a large part of 2016. There have been some rumours whether he will retire from test cricket but the statement put the speculation to rest.