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Shoaib Akhtar blasts De Villiers for choosing money over country

Shoaib Akhtar blasts De Villiers for choosing money over country

"This is big news but why is he issuing such statements when South Africa are down and out", Akhtar was quoted as saying. However, de Villiers was at peace with his personal decision.

He also confirmed that it was made cleared to AB de Villiers that if he wanted to play the world cup, he should have made himself available for the series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. "However, he chose the IPL and PSL, announced an early retirement and recused himself from the World Cup", said Akhtar in his video uploaded on Friday.

'So basically everything started with finance, ' said Akhtar. In a recent harsh worded video on his YouTube channel, Akhtar questioned the timing of AB de's proposal. The statement that was put out said that he was told if he wanted to be available (for the World Cup) that Pakistan and Sri Lanka were tours that he had to make himself available for, and obviously, he didn't.

Gibson was left frustrated and the 50-year-old said de Villiers would have been with the squad right now if he really wanted to play the World Cup.

"I don't think you should have to beg a guy to play for his country", Gibson said. Now to clear your name you made a last-ditch offer to come out of global retirement for this summer's World Cup.

"You had these last two years".

"I think there are a lot more people who want AB here than AB wants to be here. If you indeed have to make money then pick and chose correctly but keep your country as the priority", he added.

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Gibson said that De Villiers also called him on the day he announced his retirement and that he offered his opinion on the decision.

'Now to clear your name you made a last-ditch offer to come out of global retirement for this summer's World Cup.

Gibson said of the situation: "When did I first learn?" Kerry Packer happened and it was wrong. "But I told them that I do not care about the ban because what matters most is that I want to represent my country".

"I was offered a lot of money by ICL but spurned the offer because I wanted to play for Pakistan. Be a man and stick to your decision and that is only possible once you let go of the lure of money".

South Africa has failed to leave a mark at World Cup 2019 as they have lost three consecutive matches. He made a bad move by retiring early and secondly when you retired then stick to your decision now.

'Forget about your country. Now your country is down and out because of you. He had captained South Africa at the 2015 World Cup when they exited in the semi-finals against New Zealand.

The former Pakistan cricketer said De Villiers preferred money over country by playing in the Indian Premier League, Pakistan Super League and then retiring, though he still had two years of worldwide cricket left in him.