• AB reportedly nears R3.5m BBL deal

    The Sydney Sixers have reportedly emerged as the frontrunners to contract former South African captain AB de Villiers for the next Big Bash League.

    The deal, aided by financial assistance from Cricket Australia, might be worth as much as R3.5-million (AUS 350,000).

    ‘We would be absolutely delighted to have AB join the Sixers and have made an offer for this Australian summer,’ Sydney Sixers general manager Jodie Hawkins told ESPNcricinfo.

    ‘We understand there are a number of BBL clubs wanting to welcome AB, but we believe we offer him a great option to experience the Big Bash, living in Sydney by the beach, playing at one of his favourite grounds, the SCG, and just enjoying what Sydney offers in summer.

    ‘That’s a pretty good proposition. He’d also be great working with some of our young stars and meeting our incredible fans.’

    De Villiers opted out of participation in the 2019 World Cup by retiring from international cricket last year – and has since played in the Bangladesh Premier League, Pakistan Super League and current in the┬áIndian Premier League.

    The Adelaide Strikers, Melbourne Stars, Melbourne Renegades and Sydney Thunder are reportedly the other BBL franchises interested in securing the services of De Villiers.

    The Perth Scorchers, meanwhile, are pursuing the services of Proteas captain Faf du Plessis, according to the Western Australian.

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