AB de Villiers backs battered South Africa to bounce back in World Cup 2019

first_imgJust after South Africa succumbed to their 3rd straight defeat at the World Cup 2019, reports started to come in that the legendary batsman AB de Villiers had offered to play for the Proteas at the world event only to have his offer declined by Cricket South Africa (CSA).While public opinion remains divided on whether the decision to not pick the maverick batsman for a trophy that has eluded South African hands since its inception, AB himself has tried to douse the flames which seem to have gained a new life by the team’s disappointing results at the World Cup.AB took to Twitter on Thursday appealing the fans to support the Proteas at the World Cup and that he believes, despite the results so far, that South Africa can still win the tournament.”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 wrote on Twitter.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 #ProteaFireAB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) June 6, 2019Earlier, clarifying on turning down de Villiers’ services for the showpiece event, CSA’s selection panel convener, Linda Zondi issued a statement saying the board had ‘no regret’ in rejecting de Villiers comeback offer.advertisement”For Faf du Plessis and Ottis Gibson to share AB’s desire to be included in the squad on the day, we announced our World Cup squad on April 18th was a shock to all of us.””AB left a big vacuum when he retired, we had a year to find players at franchise level to fill the gap. We had players who put in the hard work, who put up their hands and deserved to be given the opportunity to go to the World Cup.””At no point in the year that he (AB) had retired did he make himself available for selection. It was no option when I received the news on the day of the squad announcement, our squad was finalized and confirmed. AB is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world but above all else, we have to stay true to our morals and principles; there is no regret in the decision.”Also Read | No regrets: Cricket South Africa on turning down AB de Villiers’ comeback offerAlso Read | South Africa rejected AB de Villiers’ offer to come out of retirement for World Cup swansonglast_img

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