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SPECIAL REPORT | How and why AB de Villiers blocked Khaya Zondo’s Proteas selection in 2015

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Former captain AB de Villiers vehemently blocked Khaya Zondo's inclusion into the Proteas team that played India in the fifth One Day International (ODI) in Mumbai in 2015 on "cricketing reasons", but mystery surrounds how the selectors' decision to pick him was overturned overnight.

Sport24 can reveal that Norman Arendse found Zondo's omission from the starting XI, despite being present on the team sheet the night before the game, "was unfair and was contrary to the CSA Selection Policy".

The selection saga, which took place while South Africa toured India in the same World Cup year where the Vernon Philander-Kyle Abbott controversy took place, was one of the biggest selection controversies of the past decade in South African cricket.

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