CSA hopes to make use of AB de Villiers’ expertise
Thabang Moroe has said that though nothing is confirmed yet, there’s a chance AB de Villiers will be involved with Cricket South Africa (CSA) as a consultant in the future.
Moroe, who had served as CSA’s interim Chief Executive since Haroon Lorgat stepped down from the position last year, was appointed to the position in a full-time capacity on Tuesday, 17 July.
Along with charting out some of the cricket board’s other plans for the future, Moroe said that he had been in touch with de Villiers, speaking to the champion South African batsman “two days after his retirement” on 23 May, 2018 to try and involve him in some capacity in the running of cricket in the country.
The signs have been positive, Moroe said. “He has indicated it would be something he is keen on. But we need to talk about the scale.”
When he announced his decision to quit the game internationally after 114 Tests, 228 one-day internationals and 78 Twenty20 Internationals, de Villiers said he was ‘tired’ after travelling and playing as much as he had over a decade and a half. He has since, however, said he will continue to play for Titans in South Africa and in the Indian Premier League.
“AB has just retired with the notion of him wanting to spend more time with family,” added Moroe. “If I am going to put him in the development or pipeline structures and he ends up spending more time away than when he was in the national team, it is obviously not going to work for him.
“We need to sit down and agree on how we are going to do it, when we are doing it and the details around it. But it’s something he has indicated he would like to do.”