South African great Barry Richards has advised AB de Villiers to give up his captaincy. South Africa recently lost the T20I series England and previously stood on the losing podium in the ODI series against the same opposition. Moreover, De Villiers side made a first round exit in the Champions Trophy 2017 after losing to India in a do-or-die game.
“The de Villiers thing has escalated,” said Richards at a press conference staged by Test series sponsors Investec in London on Thursday.
“It’s become a bigger issue than it should have been. It should have been managed a lot better a long time ago,” added Richards.
“I think AB is up to here with cricket,” said Richards. “I think he’d like to go the independent contractor route,” explained Richards.
Moreover, Richards added that Faf du Plessis is a good contestant to take the post across all formats.
“He’s got a young family, he’s away (from home) a lot. If he wants to continue playing (for South Africa he should give away the captaincy. “Faf (du Plessis) has done a very good job and I think he can do a good job in all three formats. “If AB wants to carry on playing he should give away the captaincy and concentrate on his batting.”
Hailing De Villiers abilities, Richards said that he is a very good player but insisted that he needs to take a call on his captaincy career.
“He’s a wonderful player but in the last few months I don’t think we’ve seen the best of him.” De Villiers, who has scored more than 8,000 runs in 106 Tests, including 21 hundreds, at an average of over 50, said in Cardiff that he planned to meet with Cricket South Africa officials in August to “make a final decision about what happens for the next few years”.