South African batter Khaya Zondo has revealed that AB de Villiers blocked his selection during South Africa’s tour of India in 2015.

South African batter Khaya Zondo has revealed that AB de Villiers blocked his selection during South Africa’s tour of India in 2015. According to him, he has no respect for his childhood hero as he tried to play with his career.

Zondo’s exclusion for the decider of the One-Day International series during October led to a dramatic movement in the Proteas national team, with black cricketers writing to the national cricket board over the treatment meted out to them in the senior team.

Elgar was preferred over him in the decider against India.

“The captain (de Villiers) called me over to the side, away from the rest of the team and mentioned to me he was the one who felt I should not play. He was trying to explain himself and he was taking full responsibility for the decision,” Zondo read from his prepared submission to the Transformation Ombudsman, Adv. Dumisa Ntsebeza.

“I remember in the moment of him explaining himself to me, losing all respect for him as a captain, and as someone, I looked up to as a cricketing hero of mine because I could not believe this guy was trying to justify himself to me, and it came across as if I should accept this decision because the decision came from him.”

“I switched off mentally for the rest of the day and I detached myself from the team because it was clear I was not wanted,” Zondo said. “Switching off helped me cope with everything that was happening. The hardest part was watching the players who were selected ahead of me playing and having the opportunity to shine for South Africa on a world stage, in India and having a chance to play and potentially impress and get future IPL opportunities.”

“The captain was extremely adamant that he didn’t want Khaya in the team,” said Manack. “I just felt the fall out of me standing my ground at that stage, would have, I think, made things worse for the team and made things worse for Khaya, because if he played, after I’d insisted he played, and he didn’t score runs and the team lost, I think he would have been blamed for it. So, all those things were going through my mind. I still look back at the moment and think; should I have been stronger? Should I have stood my ground?”

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