The world cup is turning out to be a nightmare for the mighty South Africans as they lose three consecutive matches against England, Bangladesh, and India. However, the former Proteas batsman and also known as Mr. 360 wants to play for his team in the ongoing World Cup to save the sinking ship of South Africa. But it looks AB de Villiers’ offer was rejected by the team management.
Mr. 360’s request for a Return
AB de Villiers had expressed his desire to return to the international team to South Africa’s skipper Faf du Plessis and other important members of management. As for now, his home team has recorded a devastating start in the tournament. After losing their first two matches to England and Bangladesh, they went down by six wickets to Virat Kohli’s men in Southampton on Wednesday.
Unfortunately, the offer from the mighty South African batsman was turned down by the team management on the eve of their final squad announcement. Their thinking was that a recall would, among other things, be unfair to the squad that had been together for the past year since de Villiers announced his retirement.
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
2 major reason for the denial of the proposal
These are the two major reasons behind the team management and selectors’ decision. Firstly, de Villiers had retired in May 2018, exactly a year before the World Cup was scheduled. Secondly, he did not fulfill the selection criteria, which included playing South African domestic cricket or international cricket in the intervening months.
The situation has led many South African fans to demand an emergency recall for de Villiers, as they believe he is the person who could save their team from the worst disaster in the history of cricket. However, Seeing de Villiers’ current form in the IPL, the decision to refuse former South Africa captain’s proposal will raise many eyebrows.
See how Twitter reacts
— Stuti Mrinal (@mrinal_bitw) June 6, 2019
#ABdeVilliers : I can play if you want for the World Cup.
Cricket South Africa: pic.twitter.com/4n8nd1EZiB
— MunNaa🏌️♀️ (@Munnaa09) June 6, 2019
— Prishen Moodley (@PrishenM) June 6, 2019
I don't care about fairness, will fairness win us the world cup? Its about bringing the best to the world cup, who have you brought and what have they done? The people you are being fair for have done nothing for us, what is wrong with you CSA? @OfficialCSA #CWC19 #ABDevilliers
— Khathutshelo Phundululu (@khathu33) June 6, 2019
WI selected DJ Bravo in 10 reserve player, DJ retired from international too.
Pakistan brought Wahab from no where & look at the results after that
Afghanistan brought Hamid, England fastracked Jofra.
— Manish Chavda (@IManishh10) June 6, 2019
— Derek Alberts (@derekalberts1) June 6, 2019
— Sport On 405 (@SportOn405) June 6, 2019
— Malam Singh (@MalamSi12941960) June 6, 2019
AB Devilliers: I can come back in the team if you want
South African cricket board: No thank you
— Dhavan Kadia (@dhaone110) June 6, 2019
— Anbu Arasu (@AnbuAra52466453) June 6, 2019