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ICC World Cup 2019: AB de Villiers’ Decision Was Based on Principle – Linda Zondi

ICC World Cup 2019: AB de Villiers’ Decision Was Based on Principle – Linda Zondi

South Africa’s national selection panel convenor has explained the reason for He said that it was a decision “based on principle.” On the eve of team’s selection for the tournament in England, But Linda Zondi, South Africa panel selection chief, stressed that by that time the squad for World Cup was finalised.

He also said that even so, the batsman had not fulfilled the selection criteria. For being considered in the World Cup Squad, it was must for the cricketer to play in the South African domestic or international cricket in the months leading up to the competition.

“I pleaded with AB de Villiers not to retire in 2018. Although there was a perception that he was picking and choosing when to play – which was not true- I did give him the option to plan and monitor his season to get him to the World Cup fresh and in a good space,” Zondi said in a statement.

AB de Villiers Vaccumed South Africa with his announcement of retirement

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Known as world’s best batsman, AB de Villiers announced his retirement after India’s tour of South Africa in 2018. And even after his announcement, the selection panel asked him to play during the home tours against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. It was important for him if he ever decided to play for the team in the

However, Villiers signed to play in the Pakistan and Bangladesh Premier Leagues, respectively, making sure about his decision. This decision by him left the selection panel with a year gap to look for fresh candidates to fill the void left by Villiers.

“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. The decision was based on principle; we had to be fair to the team, the selection panel, our franchise system and players,” said Zondi.

Zondi cleared that they had finalised the team and it was only fair to the team. He said that the players who worked hard and put up their hands deserved the opportunity.

South Africa’s team management takes the right call.

Ab de Villiers (Image Credit: Google)

“The decision was based on principle; we had to be fair to the team, the selection panel, our franchise system and players,” explained Zondi.

Adding further he said,”At no point in the year that he 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 finalised 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.”

Nonetheless, the team misses its best batsman in the squad. South Africa has lost all the three matches of the premier tournament. They missed the pacer, during their third match against India on June 5. Ngidi suffered from a hamstring strain in the match against Bangladesh and was given rest for ten days. The Proteas are now buckling up for their next game against Bangladesh on June 10.

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