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AB de Villiers set to miss Bangladesh tour

Captain AB de Villiers is expected to sit out as he and his wife are expecting the birth of their first child.

FILE: Proteas players celebrate with Morne Morkel after taking a wicket during their Pool B match against United Arab Emirates on 12 March 2015. Picture: CWC.

CAPE TOWN - The Proteas squad for the July/August tour of Bangladesh is set to be announced later today and EWN Sport understands that AB de Villiers is to miss a large part of it.

This has been confirmed by a number of sources.

The One Day International captain is expected to sit out as he and his wife are expecting the birth of their first child.

De Villiers has been playing recently for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL but this would see him miss out on South Africa's first tour since their exit from the World Cup at the hands of New Zealand in the semifinals.

The fallout from that defeat saw questions being asked about selection interference ahead of the match with widespread reports that de Villiers was at one point reluctant to take to the field.

That has been denied by Cricket South Africa and players themselves have not spoken publicly about the situation.

The selection for this tour also sees the current panel of selectors, headed up by Andrew Hudson, now dissolved with a new convener and panel to be elected.

Hudson has already said that he won't be making himself available as he looks to pursue other business interests.