Caribbean Premier League 2016 draft February 11, 2016

De Villiers to play for Tridents in CPL 2016


AB de Villiers said he committed to playing CPL because the tournament does not appear to clash with South Africa's international calendar © AFP

AB de Villiers has signed up to play for Barbados Tridents in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League in July despite an assertion that he will look to reduce his workload after the World T20. Faf du Plessis (St Kitts and Nevis Patriots), Martin Guptill (Guyana Amazon Warriors), Brendon McCullum (Trinbago Knight Riders), Kumar Sangakkara (Jamaica Tallawahs) and Shane Watson (Zouks) were the other five "marquee" players to be drafted on Thursday.

In a statement from the franchise, de Villiers confirmed he will not miss any South Africa matches even if there is a clash and that he had turned down offers to play in the Big Bash League for exactly that reason.

"I've had a careful look at my schedule and am looking forward to the next few months. For players in my position, it is important to find a balance between playing international cricket and participating in the various T20 leagues around the world," de Villiers said.

"I remain absolutely committed to international cricket but, this year, it just so happens I can play in the CPL as well; in contrast, for example, I have declined offers to play in the Big Bash League in Australia because it clashes with our home series against Sri Lanka."

During the ongoing series against England, in which de Villiers was made Test captain, he dominated headlines with talk of managing the amount of cricket he played. De Villiers stressed the importance of international cricket while also explaining the financial value of playing in T20 leagues around the world. The declining South African Rand has made it even more lucrative for players from the country to earn in foreign currency.

South Africa have sparse winter fixtures this year, which include a tri-series in the West Indies that also features Australia. This will not clash with the CPL and the two home Tests against New Zealand in August.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Vaughan on February 18, 2016, 12:58 GMT

    This coming from someone that just told the whole world about how he needs to manage his workload??!! Really?? No wonder is captaincy decisions on the field is just as confusing! This is just a selfish individual that should rather give up wearing the badge of his country with honour and rather go for the cash, regardless of how the economy is collapsing or how bad the Rand is! Good luck to him and good riddance, actually!

  • mohamed amin on February 13, 2016, 8:01 GMT

    why BCCI not allowing to indian players to participate CPL , BBL? whats going on to BCCI.....

  • Olivier on February 12, 2016, 11:59 GMT

    Considering that South Africa's economy will probably enter collapse in the next decades with the corruption and mismanagement of funds. De Villiers here is just getting as much money as he can before the rand becomes worthless so who can blame him. Plus, if someone had the chance to play for a party-style t20 league play games and get paid to have fun i'm pretty sure that anyone would take it were they not playing for their country which A.B isn't in this period. Luckily for Jason Holder being on the same team considering how De Villiers has gone after him in their last two meetings.

  • g on February 12, 2016, 10:33 GMT

    Please make up your mind AB. Are you having too much workload or not? No one can complain whether you play for your country of for a club. People understand you need to make money. Even if you say you quit SA and only play IPL, people still understand that. Just don't give messed up messages. I hope your leadership on the ground is not as confused. Hardly a few weeks ago you said you need breaks to remain 'mentally fresh'. You go figure how this additional load in CPL makes you fresh.

  •   Selvin Gramany on February 12, 2016, 10:22 GMT

    Cant believe this guy!! AB should just retire from international cric and give others a chance. He's not a good Captain anyway and feel QDK or Radabe can do a better job.

  • Mashudu on February 12, 2016, 8:53 GMT

    He shouldn't complain about his workload after this.

  • Pride on February 12, 2016, 7:44 GMT

    I think its good for him, I only hate it when he's indecisive. There's nothing wrong with what he's doing but he should stop giving mixed messages like he wants to play for his country, then he wants to retire, then he doesn't wanna play all games, etc.

  • grant on February 12, 2016, 7:08 GMT

    As a SA supporter and a family man I say he should play as much cricket to increase his income. His family and their financial well being is much more important than the country. My motto is family first then the rest.

  • Your_average_ on February 12, 2016, 6:19 GMT

    So joining the CPL isn't going to add to his workload? Why does AB always send out an unnecessary comment about something

  • Kathy on February 12, 2016, 5:58 GMT

    It's tempting to bash him, but remember he's starting a family right now - already got one son and bound to have more kids. He naturally will be thinking of his family's security and working flat out (as any good father would) to make as much money as he can in a relatively short career.

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