South Africa turned down de Villiers’ offer to play in World Cup
South Africa team management revealed that former captain AB de Villiers wanted to come out of retirement and play in the World Cup.
South Africa have started the World Cup with the worst possible away as they lost their first three games. Meanwhile, South Africa’s team management have dropped a bomb on Thursday as they revealed that AB de Villiers wanted to play in the World Cup.
According to reports, de Villiers made the offer in May, just 24 hours before South Africa’s selectors unveiled their final 15-man squad for the World Cup.
The former captain talked to the current skipper Faf du Plessis first and then to the head coach Ottis Gibson and convenor of selectors Linda Zondi.
The team management informed that it’s not possible by any means. And the reason behind not accepting his decision was clear and crystal for the team management.
De Villiers retired from International cricket in May last year, exactly a year before the World Cup was scheduled As a result of that, he did not fulfil the selection criteria. To fulfil the criteria, a player has to play South Africa’s cricket or international cricket in the intervening months.
South Africa are now currently in a disastrous position after losing all three games. They may now need to win all their six remaining games to keep their hopes alive of playing in the semi-finals.