De Villiers’ leadership role was never discussed


06 May 2020, 00:32 IST has changed

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Former South African captain AB de Villiers

South Africa assistant coach Enoch Enquay said the possibility of FD Villiers’ return to the Proteas captaincy was never discussed.

De Villiers has made no secret of his desire to retire from international retirement, but Cricket South Africa last week vehemently denied reports that South Africa had asked him to take the lead.

Earlier this year, Quinton de Kock replaced Faf du Plessis as captain of the white ball, and a decision on the next Test captain is expected in the near future.

He was surprised to hear NQ’s claim that de Villiers had been offered the captaincy and welcomed the strong refusal to accept such a claim.

He told Status Performer: “I was shocked because from our position, we never discussed that much before.

“I was totally surprised because usually if something like this happens, it’s me and Mark [Boucher, head coach] Talk to you soon and keep up the good content [director of cricket], Via a call, chat about ideas about who we think the captain should go forward for longer.

“I was totally surprised to see something like this. Maybe I think someone out there is just trying to make something out of it and AB himself said that he was happy to see it.

“It simply came to our notice then [Twenty20] The World Cup and I know he would like to make an impact and win a World Cup for our country.

“It’s clear, it’s out there, he said himself. But it’s quite new to me in terms of captaincy and as far as I’m concerned, nothing was discussed behind the scenes.”