AB for 2019 World Cup
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Dear South Africans and cricket fans around the world
It’s always sad to see a sportsman’s retire from their respective sport. We remember this clearly when the greats of a particular sport called it a day. There is Jordan, Tendulkar, Jeter, Sampras, Zidane and the list goes on!
BUT none of them did so at the very pinnacle of their career and that’s what we have here with one Abraham Benjamin DeVilliers. He is currently the best batsman in the world, AB is in the form of his life, playing the best cricket I have witnessed in his 14 year career. He’s won every accolade in the international scene except one that means so much for him, his team mates, fans and the country he loves. That illusive 50 over cricket World Cup!
I was in Auckland in 2015, when we lost that cruel semi final to NZ and myself like the rest of the cricketing public in SA and the world we thought AB will have one final crack in 2019. But apparently it’s not to be!
I urge each and every one of you, to please protest AB retirement. Cricket South Africa please allow AB to take that break from tests and focus purely on the ODI format with the goal of the 2019 World Cup in mind. Remember the greats of the game, Lara, Tendulkar, Warne, all got the same privilege with their cricketing boards. Not to set a precedence but because those are once is a lifetime players like AB.
As a country right now, today...after the current divide we seeing not just by politicians and general citizens but past sportsman as well, lets make this happen. This is bigger than a cricket match, a knock out game and a tournament.
I’m not for a second saying AB will win us the world cup but he’s our Francois Pienaar from the 95 rugby World Cup victory, our Neil Tovey from the 96 African Cup of Nations win and with him there, we as a nation can start believing again.
Please AB retire after the World Cup my brother. Your county needs you and fans around the world want to see you one last time, your swan song so to speak.
My Bok Boks, My Special, You are our special person!!! I pray to see you again in the green and gold at the World Cup in England. Protea Fire!
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