According to reports, AB de Villiers made a last-ditch offer to come out of international retirement for the 2019 World Cup but was rebuffed by the South African team management.
The offer was reportedly made just 24 hours before South Africa’s selectors announced their final 15-man squad for the tournament.
De Villiers is believed to have approached South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis, head coach Ottis Gibson and convenor of selectors Linda Zondi, expressing his desire to reverse his retirement, but he was told that this would not be possible.
The two central causes of this decision were.
AB de Villiers had retired in May 2018, exactly a year before the World Cup was scheduled and therefore did not fulfill the selection criteria of playing South African domestic cricket or international cricket in the intervening months.
They also felt that a recall for the former star would’ve been unfair on players like Rassie van der Dussen, who made three fifties in his first four ODI innings debut in January 2019 against Pakistan.