Proteas players have been taking the knee to spread anti-racism. Quinton de Kock in a huge surprise made himself unavailable for selection in South Africa’s crucial T20 World Cup 2021 Group 1 Super 12 stage match against West Indies in Dubai on Tuesday. South Africa captain Temba Bavuma at the toss said that the wicketkeeper-batter made himself unavailable due to personal reasons. It was informed that Reeza Hendricks replaced the left-handed Quinton de Kock in South Africa’s XI. Moments before the announcement of de Kock’s absence, Cricket South Africa(CSA) had issued a statement that requires all Proteas players to ‘take the knee’ before the start of their remaining T20 matches.
Quinton de Kock pulls out due to CSA directive?
There have been concerns due to the different postures taken by team members in support of the BLM initiative that created an unintended insight of disparity or lack of support for the initiative.
After considering all relevant issues, including the position of the players, the Board felt that it was necessary for the team to be seen taking a united and consistent stand against racism, especially given SA’s history. Several other teams at the World Cup have adopted a consistent stance against the issue, and the Board felt it is time for all SA players to do the same.
‘Taking the knee’ is the global gesture against racism adopted by sportspeople across sporting codes because they recognize the power sport has to bring people together.
CSA Board Chairperson, Lawson Naidoo in an official statement said: “A commitment to overcoming racism is the glue that should unite, bind and strengthen us. Race should not be manipulated to amplify our weaknesses. Diversity can and should find expression in many facets of our daily lives, but not when it comes to taking a stand against racism.”
“South Africans were recently joined by people across the world in celebrating the 90th birthday of our revered Archbishop Desmond Tutu. What better tribute from the Proteas to an icon of the struggle for freedom in South Africa than to demonstrate we are working to fulfil his vision of a united South Africa,” he added.
South Africa and West Indies are currently playing in the ongoing match at Dubai International stadium.
- Quinton de Kock withdraws from T20 World Cup
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