Wayne Parnell hopes AB de Villiers can return to play for SA again



Former South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell feels that it will take a lot ‘more than three absolute legends’ to change the South African cricket system. The team has been plagued with issues both on and off the field. The team has lost continuous matches since the beginning of 2019, and Cricket South Africa is wrecked with financial issues and a lack of leadership after chief executive Thabang Moroe was suspended on charges of alleged misconduct.

Jacques Faul was brought on board as the acting chief executive of CSA. He attempted to bring some order in the team with Mark Boucher as the head coach, Graeme Smith as the director of cricket, Jacques Kallis as the batting consultant, Charl Langeveldt as South Africa’s bowling coach.

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Former South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell believes these changes are a step in the right direction, but it will “take a lot more three absolute legends” to change the state of cricket in South Africa.

“All of these guys were world-class players and I’m sure through that experience and knowledge that they possess they will be able to impact South African cricket. But unfortunately, it’ll take more than three absolute legends to change an entire system. You’ll need to buy in from top-level all the way to grassroots to understand and work together to one common goal.”

The new management also hopes that AB de Villers will return to the side for the T20 World Cup, with Mark Boucher and Faf du Plessis hinting at advanced talks in that regard. Parnell stated that AB’s return is a distinct possibility after the Indian Premier League season.

“Personally I think AB will be playing in the T20 World Cup later this year. Not entirely sure when he will make his SA return but I’m thinking it’ll probably be after the IPL.”