Jacques van der Westhuyzen
Head of Sport
1 minute read
5 Mar 2021
1:08 pm

AB de Villiers joins ‘Last Man Stands’ as first ambassador

Jacques van der Westhuyzen

"I have watched their innovative format grow globally at grassroots over the years and have friends back home who enjoy playing in local LMS leagues," said the former Proteas star.

Former Proteas star AB de Villiers is the first ambassador for "Last Man Stands", the social cricket organisation. Picture: Supplied

Former Proteas captain AB de Villiers has been announced as the “Last Man Stands” organisation’s first ambassador.

Known as “Mr 360” for his unique ability to play shots all around the wicket, De Villiers has redefined the art of batting and consistently entertained crowds around the world.

“Last Man Stands” co-founder Wayne Greve said De Villiers’ courage and creativity, his sportsmanship and his humility, embodied the “Last Man Stands” ethos, making him “the ideal figurehead for our organisation.”

Greve added his organisation, together with De Villiers, would aim to expand even further around the globe.

“We both believe in contributing towards the shape of cricket’s future and to interconnect with global communities,” said Greve.

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“LMS is, fundamentally, a grassroots-focused concept but the stature of an ambassador like AB inspires players of all abilities, to participate and to aspire to develop their game.”

De Villiers, who played for South Africa in all three formats, said he was delighted to be the first global ambassador to work with “Last Man Stands”.

“I have watched their innovative format grow globally at grassroots over the years and have friends back home who enjoy playing in local LMS leagues,” said De Villiers.

“It has kept a lot of players in the game when they feared they would have to give it up due to a lack of time. We share the same desire to keep people playing and involved in cricket.”

Watch De Villiers for Last Man Stands video via this link: https://youtu.be/2TMogJq7sFY

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