De Villiers signs for Barbados Tridents


Big-hitting South Africa star AB de Villiers has agreed to play in the 2016 Caribbean Premier League with Barbados Tridents.

De Villiers - South Africa's Test captain - is regarded as one of the most talented batsmen in world cricket and he will bring his swashbuckling style to the T20 competition this year.

Speaking on his decision, De Villiers told Cricket South Africa's official website: "Barbados is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and I am honoured to have been invited to join the Tridents.

"The CPL has been growing each year, and I'm pleased that this year the league fits so neatly within the Proteas' international schedule."

De Villiers had called into question his future in Test cricket when he raised concerns over his workload in December, but later insisted he never contemplated giving up the five-day format.

The 31-year-old, who is also the Proteas' one-day international skipper, said his decision to play in the CPL does not affect his commitment to South Africa.

"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. 

"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."