Kirsten says 2015 WC selection saga was ‘unfair on team’
In his autobiography, AB de Villiers states he assumed the team would remain the same.
CAPE TOWN - Former Proteas coach Gary Kirsten spoke to EWN Sport about the 2015 World Cup semifinal and labelled the much publicised selection debacle as "unfair on the team".
In his autobiography released yesterday, Proteas captain AB de Villiers states that he assumed the team would remain the same (meaning Abbott would play) but was shocked to find out of the change only 30 minutes prior to the contentious team meeting.
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The decision was shrouded in mystery with many believing it to be because of outside interference with Cricket South Africa intent on playing four players 'of colour' in the match.
Although de Villiers does not directly speak about outside interference in his book, he delves into the controversial topic and mentions Kirsten's message to him on the eve of the match where de Villiers says he struggled to sleep that night.
Speaking at the launch of the Gary Kirsten Foundation's fourth cricket school in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, Kirsten explains the reason behind his message to De Villiers.
"I wanted to share what my best thinking was in a very emotional space and how to pull it together on the eve of a World Cup semifinal."
The former opening batsman shared his feelings on the impact on the decision made on the team, "In many ways what happened was unfair on the team. It was a chaotic time, there was a lot of emotion around that team meeting."
Kirsten, who scored over 7,000 Test runs for South Africa, admitted the aftermath could have been handled much better.
However, he says there is no point in dwelling on the past and pointing fingers.
Kirsten wants South African cricket to look ahead and "take the game forward" onto its "next chapter".
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