SA vs ENG: “Keeping players inspired for all three formats is a global cricket problem” – AB De Villiers on cricket’s changing landscape
The 1st ODI between South Africa and England will be played in Bloemfontein on January 27 (Friday). This ODI series is extremely important for Proteas as they are about to miss direct qualification for ODI WC 2023. It would be interesting to see the players move from the SA20 competition format to ODIs.
England have already qualified for the 2023 World Cup and at the same time they would like to see how Jofra Archer fares as he makes a comeback after a gap of 2 years. Jofra Archer was currently playing in SA20 competition for MI Capetown where he was on fire.
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AB de Villiers on 3 formats
AB de Villiers interacted with PTI and was asked if the players should choose formats. That’s a tough question. Because I don’t want to be the guy who just says give up a few sizes. And again, it is currently a global cricket issue to keep the players inspired to play all formats of the game for their country.” said AB de Villiers.
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“But I do think there is room with the different boards around the world to locate players, to have community discussions and communication early in players’ careers, to understand what they want to achieve, firstly, and secondly second, where they fit in with regard to the cricket in their own country to represent the country internationally. he added.
AB de Villiers on England ODI Series
AB de Villiers was asked about the planning of the upcoming English ODI Series. “To be honest, I don’t think the break is ideal. So hard to get the schedule right and keep everyone happy. We want countries to compete against each other. It’s the ultimate form of viewership, but with all these competitions, the excitement is there and it’s financially healthy. It is very difficult for the ICC and everyone to make sure that the planning benefits everyone. I honestly don’t know what the answer is.” said AB de Villiers.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that with the leagues getting bigger and bigger, World Cricket is switching to Franchise Cricket. South Africa need to bring their ‘A’ game as England have many game winners in the team. Temba Bavuma said they would adopt an offensive approach in the series.
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