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Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez pours in his wishes for the departing AB de Villiers

Cricket South Africa's CEO had also stated that he tried his level best to convince the right-hander to re-think his decision to not retire from all formats of the game.

Mohammad Hafeez
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez warms up during the England and Pakistan nets session at The Kia Oval on August 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

The 23rd of May, 2018 is marked as one of the saddest days of cricket, with one of cricket’s most popular player AB de Villiers calling it a day from International cricket. One of the rarest cricket, who has been the crowd favourite where ever he has travelled, has called it a day before the World Cup.

While many have tried their level best to convince the South African to return back to the game he has desired, it looks like all the efforts have gone in vain. Cricket South Africa‘s CEO had also stated that he tried his level best to convince the right-hander to re-think his decision to not retire from all formats of the game.

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The intention was to keep the South African batsman as one of the key players in the limited overs format for the World Cup which is scheduled to play in England in the year 2019. All hopes of South Africa getting closer to the World Cup title now is quashed with ABD calling it a day from the game.

Hafeez has his say on AB de Villiers’ retirement:

For Faf Du Plessis, it would be tough to have a team without the firepower of his team-mate and friend AB de Villiers. More recently, the South African right-hander was in scintillating form for the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez, took to Twitter much like other cricketers to express his disappointment over the retirement of the South African batsman.

“Congratulations to @ABdeVilliers17 on wonderful & graceful Career, thanks for all the entertainment u provided to all of us , one of the toughest competitor in the Feild & fine human being , Good luck for ur future plans , stay blessed” said the all-rounder on Twitter.

With the form that the South African was in, Proteas would have been the firm favourites to win the tournament.

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