CWC 2019: AB de Villiers reacts to retirement debate
Former South African cricketer AB de Villiers has finally replied to widespread reports and speculations that he had approached the South African team management in an attempt to play the ICC ODI World Cup.
AB de Villiers took to his official Twitter handle to post a message saying that everyone should focus on supporting the South African team at the ongoing World Cup.
AB de Villers who is playing domestic leagues had called it quits from international cricket in May last year itself citing tiredness as the only reason.
Nonetheless, if reports doing the rounds are to be believed, AB de Villiers had made an offer just a day before South Africa’s selectors were to finalise the 15-man squad for the World Cup.
It is also believed that he approached captain Faf du Plessis, head coach Ottis Gibson and the Convenor of Selectors Linda Zondi, with the sincere request to play the ODI World Cup but unfortunately, the request was turned down.
The team management did not even consider AB de Villiers’ request as he had not spiced it up for South African domestic cricket or international cricket in the intervening months.
Also, the decision to bring him back would have also sent a wrong or bad impression to young players like Rassie van der Dussen, who had been quite impressive as he made three fifties in his first four ODI innings and also could have even dishearten the other players in the fight for the World Cup squad.
“All that’s important is that we should all focus on supporting the team at the World Cup. There is a long way to go and I believe the boys can still go all the way #ProteaFire,” AB tweeted.
Check out AB’s tweet:
All that’s important is that we should all focus on supporting the team at the World Cup. There is a long way to go and I believe the boys can still go all the way #ProteaFire
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) June 6, 2019