Arguably the best player to win a World Cup yet, AB de Villiers had considered withdrawing playing in the Semi-final against the Black Caps due to a racial issue reports in Sydney suggest.
South Africa’s sports minister Fikile Mbalula was accused of wanting to drop a white player from the squad to be replaced by a black one so as to make the team more racially acceptable.
The source said that this issue which meant that Kyle Abbot had to be dropped to be replace by Vernon Philander and this issue made AB un-comfortable and wanted to withdraw from the semis in Australia.
Mbalula brushed aside these allegations naming them acquisitions from dying breed of political dinosaurs but dint identify the source of such acquisitions. He said that he knew who spread such rumors and that he would not want to dignify them by taking their name and that these were acts of desperate colonial apartheid apologists and insisting that they shall not be deterred by their mischief.
Mbalula, who is black, was backed up by Haroon Lorgat, the CSA executive chief. Lorgat added that there was no interference of the board in the matters of the team selection.
It is known that CSA has an informal agreement to have atleast four black players in the starting 11 and without philander it would have been 3. However it must be said that Philander who arrived at the World Cup as a regular member of the squad was slightly out of form and also stuck with injuries.
Lets hope the CSA resolve their issue and that their players sparkle up more and more cricketing events in years to come.