Former South Africa captain AB de Villiers had reportedly threatened to walk out of India tour if batsman Khaya Zondo was selected, claimed a News 24 report on Thursday.
Zondo’s name was in the playing XI but was removed hours before from the list that could have been his debut match. Instead, Dean Elgar was called in last minute.
Writing in AB: The Autobiography, De Villiers wrote that he had been called a day before the semifinal and told to include Philander even though it had been “generally assumed” Abbott would play. He had questioned if that move had been motivated by “purely cricketing reasons”.
????Revealed for the first time, Adv Norman Arendse's report into the saga:— #SbuSpecials (@Sbu_Mjikeliso) August 13, 2020
⚫️ It "was unfair and was contrary to CSA Selection Policy"
⚫️ Zondo was selected in the XI the night before the 5th ODI vs India
+ AB called Haroon to intervene/take Zondo out.https://t.co/49mT861LSi
Earlier, Darren Sammy, West Indian world cup winning Captain and leading all-rounder commented in the wake of the death of George Floyd,the American African who was left gasping for breath when a white, police officer pressed his knee to his neck last week.
Sammy wrote a series of heartfelt posts on social media deploring the act and highlighting the sufferings of blacks across the world.He urged the ICC and the entire cricket fraternity to raise their voice against Racism across the world,or else be ready to be considered “a part of the problem.”
The all-rounder’s comments came after George Floyd an African American was killed by a white policeman in what is being seen as a racial hatred act. Sammy wrote a series of heartfelt posts about the suffering of Blacks all over the world.He said “right now the cricketing world is not standing against the injustice against people of colour.”
Sammy pointed out that Racism is not limited to America, but blacks all over the world have to deal with this social evil on a regular basis.