CSA has confirmed that South Africa’s wicket-keeper batter Quinton de Kock denied to “take the knee” ahead of their clash against West Indies on Tuesday.
Quinton De Kock pulled out of the clash against West Indies just 30 mins before the start of the match due to “personal reasons”. Quinton’s decision to not play in the team came after CSA issued a mandatory directive asking its players to “take the knee” in all their remaining matches of the T20 World Cup 2021. CSA has made this gesture to show their solidarity with the fight against racism.
Talking about the same, CSA said that it has noted Quinton’s decision. CSA has also cleared its stance on the aforementioned directive saying that it has considered the players’ “freedom of choice” in deciding whether the team should make a united stand against racism. The statement read:
“Cricket South Africa (CSA) has noted the personal decision by South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock not to “take the knee” ahead of Tuesday’s game against the West Indies… After considering all relevant issues, including the freedom of choice of players, the Board had made it clear it was imperative for the team to be seen taking a stand against racism, especially given SA’s history. The Board’s view was that while diversity can and should find expression in many facets of daily lives, this did not apply when it came to taking a stand against racism.”
CSA’s statement added that it will wait for a report from the team management before deciding on the “next steps”. It also asked the remaining players to continue making the gesture in upcoming games. The statement further read:
“The Board will await a further report from team management before deciding on the next steps. All players are expected to follow this directive for the remaining games of the World Cup. CSA thanks all other Proteas players for agreeing to unite and make such an important public stand against racism.”
Quinton de Kock is the only player who didn’t ‘take the knee’ in their previous clash against Australia. Gestures against racism are still a major issue in South Africa as the nation is still dealing with the after-effects of historical racism. Quinton De Kock might not feature in the remaining matches of the T20 World Cup 2021.
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