South Africa decided against including AB De Villiers in their World Cup squad after revealing the star batsman offered to reverse his international retirement in April.
The former South Africa captain said he had “run out of gas” last year when deciding to end a highly-successful international career consisting of 114 Test matches, 228 one-dayers and 78 Twenty20s.
However, a day after the Proteas crashed to their third successive World Cup defeat to leave them on the verge of an early exit, Cricket South Africa confirmed De Villiers had approached the board around the time the preliminary squad was announced.
De Villiers had the backing of coach Ottis Gibson and captain Faf Du Plessis, but convener of selectors Linda Zondi felt including the 35-year-old would have been unfair to those who had stepped into the breach.
In a statement, Zondi said: “I pleaded with AB De Villiers not to retire in 2018.
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