- A new report maintains that AB de Villiers offered to come out of retirement for this year's Cricket World Cup
- However, CSA reportedly turned down his offer
- Reportedly the offer was made 24 hours before the final squad had to be submitted
It has been alleged that AB De Villiers offered to come out of retirement to participate in the Cricket World Cup.
ESPNCricinfo claims that De Villiers made the offer shortly before South Africa had to finalise its squad with the International Cricket Council.
According to the report, De Villiers contacted the Proteas with the offer a day before the final squad list had to be submitted.
However, the report also claims that De Villiers's offer was never seriously considered. For one, De Villiers did not meet certain criteria as he had not played professional cricket in South Africa for some time.
Additionally, some within CSA also felt that De Villiers's inclusion in the squad might be unfair to other players, according to The Citizen.
News of De Villiers's World Cup offer comes in the weak of three straight losses for the Proteas.
De Villiers has sent mixed messages regarding his retirement and whether he would play. For instance, in a previous interview last time he stated that he would be making "no comeback".
However, last month he said he was "picking and choosing when I was playing and when not".
Additionally, De Villiers did point out that his potentially coming out of retirement for the World Cup was a "sensitive situation", Briefly.co.za has gathered.
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