Latest: ABD offered to play World Cup earlier but the management denies!
Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers, who retired from international cricket in May 2018, offered to play 2019 World Cup just 24 hours before South Africa's squad was announced. It is understood that he approached Du Plessis, coach Ottis Gibson and the convener of selectors Linda Zondi and expressed his wish to play in the mega event.
Astonishingly, South Africa lost all their opening three matches in this ICC Cricket World Cup and now they are in do or die situation as they have to win all their remains six games to make it to knock-outs.
After going down to England and Bangladesh, the Proteas put up an admirable fight against India only to come second at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Wednesday. Things look extremely tough for them to make it to semi-final even as the injuries are not helping either.
The 35-year-old's offer was rejected by the management as he didn't fulfill the selection criteria and it would have been unfair on other players in the squad. Rather after hanging his boots from the highest level, AB de Villiers opted to play in the different T20 leagues and performed well too.