Former South African batsman AB de Villiers has pulled out of the upcoming season of the Big Bash League (BBL-10) as the player and his wife are expecting the birth of their third child. He plays for the Brisbane Heat in the BBL.
“The Heat were great to us last season and I am very open to returning to the club in the future. The team did not get the results we were hoping for and I consider there is some unfinished business to deal with,” de Villiers said in a post shared by the franchise, Brisbane Heat, on Twitter.
De Villiers further said that due to the situation arising due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the uncertainty associated with travel, he has decided not to play this season.
“We are expecting our latest child very soon and with a young, growing family and the uncertainty around travel and conditions due to COVID-19, we reluctantly decided it was not going to be this season,” he added.
De Villiers signed a contract with the BBL franchise last season and scored 146 runs at an average of 24.33. He has been in fine form in the ongoing IPL, having amassed 324 runs at an average of 54.
Head coach of the team Darren Lehmann said that the team management has been in regular contact with De Villiers since last season. He said, at first, it was all right but suddenly there come things which have changed everyone’s plans.
He further stated that apart from Covid-19 pandemic and issues related to international travel, another challenge is that De Villiers and his wife Daniel are awaiting a third child.
“We have been in regular contact with AB since last season and while things initially looked fine for him to come back, there have been a few factors emerge which have changed everyone’s plans.” “The main one, aside from the challenges presented by COVID-19 and international travel, is that AB and his wife Danielle are expecting their third child very soon. Naturally, we are very pleased for them and know that the next few months will be a very special time for all,” said Lehmann.
The Big Bash League is scheduled to start from December 3 with a clash between Adelaide Strikers and Melbourne Renegades.