AB de Villiers wanted to return for the 2019 World Cup, but it did not happen. Former South Africa chief selector Linda Jondi explained why she did not allow ABD to return to the team. Cricket South Africa has been a victim of criticism for some time now. After the 2019 World Cup, former captain and senior batsman Faf du Plessis has not been included in the team for the 2021 T20 World Cup. Recently, in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Faf scored 633 runs in 16 matches. Faf finished second in terms of scoring the most runs in the tournament and scored 86 runs in the final. Faf was adjudged man of the match in the final match. Former South Africa chief selector Linda Jondi, during the country’s Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN) hearing, explained why ABD was not included in the squad for the 2019 World Cup.
According to ESPN Cricinfo, during the SJN hearing, Linda Zondi said, ‘The captain (Faf du Plessis) came to me and said that he wanted to include AB de Villiers in the World Cup squad. I declined it and told that he wanted to retire. I told him (de Villiers) that I would need him in next year’s World Cup in England. If you want to miss some series, we can manage that, I told them we will manage their time.
Jondi further said, ‘I told ABD to announce his retirement after the World Cup, but he refused and said that he wanted to retire. Then Faf came to me and said that AB wants to come back. I refused because I felt that it would be unfair to the players of the team.