Former South African cricketer AB de Villiers issued a statement on Friday saying there had been no contact between him and Cricket South Africa (CSA) for months related to the player’s plan of coming out of retirement ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.
His remarks come in the wake of the revelation by CSA’s selection panel that de Villiers wanted to make his way back into the team on the day of the team selection for the World Cup.
“Now the Proteas’ World Cup campaign is over, and the team cannot be distracted, I would like to respond to unjustified criticism of me during the tournament. I continue to be asked to comment on the disclosure, and distortion, of a private conversation that took place just before the squad, was announced and, for the benefit of anyone who may have felt let down, would like to explain what happened,” de Villiers wrote in a tweet.
— AB de Villiers (@ABdeVilliers17) July 12, 2019
“First, I announced my retirement from international cricket in May 2018 because I wanted to reduce my workload and spend more time with my wife and young sons. Some have insisted I was motivated purely by money.
“They are wrong. In truth, I have turned down many lucrative offers to play around the world, and have cut the time spent away from home each year from eight months to just over three months,” he added.
EXCLUSIVE: AB de Villiers says he never wished to "force his way" into South Africa's World Cup squad#CWC19
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 12, 2019
The 35-year-old said that after playing in the IPL, he asked current skipper Faf Du Plessis whether he could represent Proteas in the World Cup and added no demands were made by him ahead of the tournament.”
During the weeks and months that followed, there was no formal contact between Cricket South Africa or the Proteas and me. I didn’t call them, and they didn’t call me. I had made my decision and the Proteas moved on, enjoying success under the expert guidance of coach Ottis Gibson and the outstanding captaincy of Faf du Plessis,” the statement said.
Virat Kohli lends support to AB de Villiers for the unjustified criticism. pic.twitter.com/nk5u0mnblv
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) July 13, 2019
South Africa were knocked out of the tournament and they even failed to make it to the semi-final stage. The team had 7 points from nine matches.