Philander criticizes Domingo on controversial 2015 World Cup selection
South Africa pacer Vernon Philander recently retired from international cricket. The 34-year old pacer ended his career with the fourth Test of the series against England in the last month. Despite his retirement, he intended to get involved with cricket in the future.
But in the midst of these discussions, Philander also criticized Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo for a incidence at 2015 World Cup in an interview.
South Africa were eliminated from the tournament in the last over of the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in 2015. South Africa’s team management placed Philander in the main XI of that match.
Kyle Abbott, who took 9 wickets in 4 matches at that World Cup, was replaced by Philander. But he didn’t understand why Abbott was being left out from the team. Philander wanted to know about that decision to Russell Domingo, who was then South Africa’s head coach.
Although Domingo had open talks with Philander, but Philander demanded he did not explicitly say anything to him. On the contrary, according to this pacer, the current coach of Bangladesh hid the words from him.
“I had open talks with the coach (Domingo),” Philander said.
“I told him that the best player should play. He told me that you are the best player today, that’s why you’re playing. But it seemed to me they were clearly not saying anything to me and Kyle. Hiding the words. Of course there was a lot of things that we didn’t know about the curtain.”
According to a report after the World Cup, there had political interference with that decision. It was reported that Haroon Lorgat, the chief executive of South Africa Cricket, made the decision after receiving his own instructions from above.