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Emotional Langeveldt withdraws from India tour

Updated: 19 March 2008 13:21 IST

The 'black' pacer says he's upset about the public debate over his selection over Andre Nel.

Johannesburg:

Fast bowler Charl Langeveldt on Tuesday withdrew from South Africa's tour of India in the aftermath over the controversy of his selection ahead of fellow paceman Andre Nel.

His shock withdrawal came just three days before the Proteas are due to depart for a three-Test tour, which will decide second place on the International Cricket Council ranking list.

Cricket South Africa chief executive Gerald Majola said in a statement: "Charl Langeveldt called me today in an emotional state saying he wanted to withdraw from the tour to India so that he can consider his international future in the right frame of mind.

"He said that the public controversy over the selection of the Proteas team to tour India had upset him to the extent that he would not be in the right frame of mind to tour India and do his best for the Proteas.

"Charl said he wanted to use this time instead to consider his future in international cricket in a cool and calm manner."

Langeveldt was picked ahead of Nel against the wishes of South African coach Mickey Arthur, who wanted to keep a successful squad together.

It was widely believed that Langeveldt was picked mainly to lift the number of black players in the touring squad to comply with a policy that there should be six players of colour in a 14-man squad.

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