• AB’s Bangladesh Premier League stint under way

    Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers will continue an intriguing stint with the Rangpur Riders in the Bangladesh Premier League on Tuesday.

    He will play against the Khulna Titans at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on Tuesday.

    De Villiers’ tournament debuted with a characteristically brisk 34 in a comfortable victory over the Sylhet Sixers at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium last week.

    He starred alongside fellow South African Rilee Rossouw, England batsman Alex Hales and West Indian big-hitter Chris Gayle, who completed a powerful top four for the reigning champions Riders.

    De Villiers retired from international cricket last year – and represented the Tshwane Spartans in the inaugural edition of the Mzansi Super League in South Africa late last year. He will represent the Lahore Qalandars and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Pakistan Super League and Indian Premier League later this year.

    He, too, recently expressed ambition to play in The Hundred – the England and Wales Cricket Board’s new limited-overs tournament.

    ‘I can’t see anything wrong with trying something different,’ he told the BBC.

    ‘I’m not set in my schedule at the moment, but I would love to play in the United Kingdom. I’m sure with the tradition and the culture of cricket over there, it would be very well supported. I would love to be a part of it.

    ‘There’s nothing wrong with experimenting with the format. It’s not a huge change, but it’s something different. It’s nice to experiment, and in a year or two we’ll see what happens.’

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