According to Gibson, De Villiers got in touch with Proteas captain, Faf Du Plessis during the Indian Premier League and expressed a desire to reverse his retirement and return to the team for the World Cup. "The timing of this revelation raises serious questions (with South Africa performing poorly in the World Cup)", he added.
"So basically everything started with finance", said Akhtar. "If you indeed have to make money then pick and choose correctly but keep your country as the priority", Akhtar said in the video.
"I suspect that there are a lot more people wanting AB to be here than himself".
"The door was open till December and after that to come into the piece ... he knew that if he really wanted to, he knew that those ten games against Pakistan and Sri Lanka were vitally important for us, since from March to World Cup we won't have any more cricket".
"Now to clear your name you made a last-ditch offer to come out of global retirement for this summer's World Cup". The money will come today or tomorrow but you the call of making money and ignore the World Cup. "But I think the management was correct in their stand", said Akhtar.
However, the team management turned him down saying that de Villiers' decision to come out retirement for the World Cup had come 24 hours before they were due to announce the squad.
Amidst the controvery, AB de Villiers had tweeted his support for the South Africa cricket team after they lost all three of the matches so far in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Kerry Packer happened and it was wrong. "India had ICL and IPL together and at that point of time, I was offered money to quit playing for Pakistan and join ICL".
"I would want them to flip it the other way and show everyone that they deserve to be here. A lot of other things had gone on before that, of course", he said. "Be a man and stick to your decision and that is only possible once you let go of the lure of money".
South Africa have begun World Cup 2019 with three losses in a row, and they would need to win most of their remaining six games to have a realistic chance of progressing to the semi-finals. Now your country is down and out because of you. He made a bad move by retiring early and secondly when you retired then stick to your decision now. The team management turned de Villiers down since he did fulfill the selection criteria - playing domestic and global cricket in the months leading up to the World Cup - and they felt picking him would be unfair on the players who had been performing in his absence.
Laying emphasis on the financial gain from playing in T20 leagues, Akhtar accused de Villiers of putting money over playing for his country.
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