London: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has slammed AB de Villiers for putting finances over country in a video that was put up on Youtube. "Firstly, people must not forget that there was pressure on AB De Villiers to leave IPL and PSL contracts and make himself available for the World Cup. 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.
It was revealed shortly after South Africa's third defeat at the 2019 World Cup that De Villiers had made a last ditch effort to get into the Proteas squad. "So basically everything started with finance," said Akhtar. "I think when he took this decision, he did it looking at his finances and economics.”
-Indo-Asian News Service