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AB de Villiers retirement: Will ABD play in the Indian Premier League for RCB? - Here's the answer

AB de Villiers announced his retirement from international cricket on Wednesday on Twitter with a video message. He recently played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2018 and was one of the best batsmen for his team.
South African cricketer AB de Villiers delivered the biggest surprise of the year when he on Wednesday announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. The announcement came just a couple of days after Royal Challengers Bangalore, the franchise for which he plays for in IPL, failed to make it to playoffs stage. RCB ended the tournament as the sixth-placed team on the points table, failing to make it to playoffs after suffering a defeat against Rajasthan Royals.
Virat Kohli, RCB’s skipper, had praised De Villiers for his effort during the tournament and backed him by saying that he cannot take the responsibility every time. "Too much batting stress on just AB de Villiers. I thought we were in a great position at one stage. We were 75 for 1, the way we were bundled out after that wasn't ideal. A guy like AB, who has the ability to hit fours and sixes, was knocking it around. We needed more smart decision-making there and guys were just not up to the mark and that is disappointing to see. It's not something that should be repeated by five, six guys in a row. One or two guys are okay, but the others should have applied themselves and that wasn't the case tonight," he had said. (KKR vs RR LIVE Score)
While it is confirmed that he will not play for South Africa, it is yet to be confirmed whether he will play IPL or not? In his retirement message, De Villiers said that will be playing for Titans, his domestic team, and did not mention anything about his IPL future,  "I have no plans to play overseas, in fact, I hope I can continue to be available for the Titans in domestic cricket. I will continue to be the biggest supporter of Faf du Plessis and the Proteas," he said.
As he mentioned that he will not play overseas; it can be said that he might not play in England as a Kolpak player. In past two years, many South African players quit playing international cricket to sign with a county team as a Kolpak player, with Morne Morkel being the latest signee.
It gives an indication that he will be returning to India to play the T20 league next year as well. The former South African captain was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore before IPL auction 2018 for an amount of Rs. 11 Crore. He was also retained by the franchise before 2014 auction. He has been playing for RCB since 2011.
In an interview with the Guardian, he said, "I got nailed for that. It was horrible but this is a tournament I cannot miss. I’m not going to sit here and lie to you; financially it is just too good for us as a family. Seven weeks away is not easy and they will come out at some stage. It’s not ideal but it has to be done."
“English and Australian players are paid well, so it’s not always a must to come over. For the rest, it is something you have to fit in. If you’re working in South African rands, it’s nice to get a few dollars in the bank.”

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