De Villiers to miss Big Bash
Published: 06:34 PM, 28 October 2020
Former South African batsman AB de Villiers
Former South African batsman AB de Villiers has decided not to play for the Brisbane Heat in the upcoming Big Bash League as the veteran batsman and his wife are expecting their third child. There are also some complications with international travel and hygiene due to the Corona situation.
However, de Villiers has a chance to play in the Big Bash after the birth of his child. But de Villiers decided not to take part in the Big Bash due to a time lapse in planning due to the quarantine issue on the international tour due to Corona.
Brisbane Heat head coach Darren Lehmann said, "The main one, aside from the challenges represented by Covid-19 and international travel, is that AB and his wife Danielle are expecting their third child very soon."
"Naturally we're very pleased for them and know that the next few months will be a very special time for all. We'll stay in contact and see what develops. He has been in excellent touch in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore, so he obviously remains a player we'd like to keep working with when the circumstances allow."
In the last edition of the Big Bash, de Villiers scored 146 runs in 8 matches at an average of 24.33. De Villiers is currently playing in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates. He has scored 324 runs in 11 matches for RCB so far.
Despite not being able to take on de Villiers, Brisbane has re-signed Afghan leg-spinner Mujib Ur Rehman.