Legendary South African batsman AB de Villiers believes that keeping players motivated to play in all three formats amid a busy schedule is extremely difficult. He also stressed on establishing communication between the players and the cricket board in this regard. This 38-year-old player had shocked the cricket world by retiring from international cricket in 2018. England Test captain Ben Stokes retired from ODI cricket last year due to his busy schedule.
When de Villiers was asked about the need to choose a format amid a busy schedule, he told PTI, “It is a difficult question because I do not want to be a cricketer who gives up one or two formats.” He said, “Keeping players motivated to play for their country in all formats is the main issue in global cricket right now.” De Villiers believes that a player’s career can be prolonged if he has a clear opinion about each format. . Apart from this, he hopes that the cricket board will establish clear communication with the players in this matter.
He said, “But I think cricket boards around the world should discuss this with the player early in his career and understand what he wants to achieve.” The second thing is where does he fit in representing his country at the international level.