Suspended AB to miss Bangladesh ODIs


South Africa ODI captain AB de Villiers has been handed a one-match suspension for maintaining a slow over-rate during the Proteas' World Cup semi-final defeat against New Zealand in March and will miss the entire ODI series against Bangladesh.

This incident was de Villiers' second minor over-rate offence in the same format within 12 months following the offence against Australia in Perth in November 2014.

Following this, the South African management have decided to release De Villiers from the squad for the upcoming three-match series as De Villiers was going to miss the two-match Test series against the Tigers, following the ODI's, because his wife is due to give birth to their first child.

Proteas coach Russell Domingo said: "AB's presence and contributions will be missed but we have a hectic playing schedule this season and we felt this would be a great opportunity to develop the next tier of batters during this series, like we are doing with our bowlers.  

"We would also like to give him the peace of mind of being close to his wife with the imminent birth of his first born child."

Domingo also announced the legspinner Eddie Leie, who took three wickets on his international debut against Bangladesh in a T20 on Tuesday, will stay with the squad for the ODI series.

The coach explained: "We'd like to keep Eddie on for the ODI series as an opportunity for him to get exposed to the environment and to integrate him into the squad.

"It will be good for him to spend time with the coaches and to get a taste of what international cricket is about. He hasn't officially been added to the squad but will take valuable learning from being around this group of players."