AB De Villiers accused of once wanting to drop Rabada to play white players
There were some serious allegations levelled against South African batting superstar AB De Villiers by a former South African selector in a recent testimony with CSA.
Former South African selector Hussein Manack has given a testimony at the Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) alleging the selections were made along racial lines when AB DeVilliers was the captain of South Africa.
Manack dwelled on the cases of non-white South African batsman Khaya Zondo. During 2015 South Africa tour of India and Kagiso Rabada during the 2016 Wanderers test against England. AB De Villiers accused of once wanting to drop Rabada to play white players.
Manack alleged that Zondo after his strong domestic batting performances was a part of the South African squad. During the 2015 series against India but the South African think tank played an off form David Miller in the ODIs. And even opened with him in an effort to apparently protect him against the spinners. However, Miller could scramble only 74 runs in that series and Zondo ( wgi averaged 41 in domestic events ) was overlook as De Villliers was adamant to play Miller.
Another incident happened during 2016 Wanderers test vs England. The selectors asked the team think tank to chose between Kyle Abbott and Hardus Viljoen ( both white players). However, De Villiers allegedly wanted to play both at the expense of dropping Kagiso Rabada.
The selectors convinced the team management to persist with Rabada and finally, Viljoen found a spot with Abbot not included. De Villiers was apparently not happy that the selectors had their way. Young Rabada went on to help South Africa by taking a fifer in that match. In which the captain wanted to exclude him.
de Villiers told later that he had not wanted Rabada dropped. “I have never wanted KG dropped from any team at any time,” he said. “The idea is ridiculous. He is one of the finest bowlers in world cricket.”
It will be interesting to see what verdict comes out after all the testimonies.