The selectors didn't pay any heed as ABD had voluntarily retired from international cricket in May 2018.
This is why he didn't meet the selection criteria, as players had to participate in domestic or international cricket leading up to the World Cup.
Also, the selectors felt that picking ABD over others would have been unfair.
ABD responds to the allegations made against him
The former Proteas man released a detailed statement on his social media accounts and said "I did not offer" to come out of retirement but was privately asked if he would be open to feature in the World Cup.
In a detailed statement, ABD gave his side of the story.
He said he was even criticized that he was motivated by money.
Indian captain Kohli shared a post on his Instagram and stated, "My brother you are the most honest and committed man I know. It's been unfortunate to see this happen to you. But know that we stand with you and believe in you. More love and power to you and your beautiful family. Me and Anushka are always here for you guys."
Yuvi shows his support as well
"My dear friend and legend, you're one of the nicest guys I've ever played cricket with an absolute gem of a person! There was never a chance for SA in this World Cup to win without you," said former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh.
ABD needs his space as things blew out of proportion
AB de Villiers needs to be given the space.
His decision to retire from international cricket should be respected by everyone, as he took it a year before the World Cup.
The player retired because of personal reasons. Out of the blue, a controversy as such erupted to take take the focus away.