The former captain and South African Star cricketer Ab De Villiers offered to come out of his retirement and play for South Africa in CWC 2019. However, Cricket South Africa gently refuses it down. Mr 360 made this offer, after Star fast bowler Dale Steyn was ruled out of Cricket World Cup 2019. Without him, South Africa lost the previous match against India by six wickets. South Africa stand at the bottom of points table with no points to their name in three games.
The results may have been different, if AB De Villiers have played for South Africa from the start of this world cup season. De Villiers who is well known for his aggressive cricket shots all around the stadium, may have provided his experience during the critical moments of each match that South Africa lost. Realizing his need, Ab said he would come out of his retirement and play for South Africa, if they allowed. But, South African cricket fans were in great shock, when South Africa cricket board gently turned down his offer.
Ab De Villiers then tweeted:
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
South Africa Cricket Team Coach Ottis Gibson said this in an interview:
“If he wanted to be here, he would be here. That’s how I see it,” Gibson said in Southampton. Since he’s retired we’ve won every series that we’ve played, and I haven’t had many AB questions, wasn’t one AB question like that. Suddenly we’ve come to the World Cup and we’ve had one bad week, and AB is the saviour, but the guy is retired,”
“He’s made his decision, and we as a team, and I guess you guys, as well, we have to live with the decision that he’s made and he has to live with the decision that he’s made. To come the day before and say that he’d come to come back would seem a little bit strange to say the least.”
“The door was left open up until December,” the coach said when asked if South Africa waited on AB to re-think over retirement. He knew, if he really wanted to, he knew that those 10 games against Pakistan and Sri Lanka were vitally important for us because from March to the World Cup we won’t have any more cricket,” he said.
“But again, he knew that, and he’s made his choice”.