Quinton de Kock of South Africa has withdrawn from the World Cup match against the West Indies after refusing to take a knee.
Quinton de Kock, a South African cricketer, has dropped out of today’s play against the West Indies after reportedly refusing to take a knee.
De Kock, 28, canceled his appearance “for to personal reasons” just hours after Cricket South Africa required all players to do the anti-racism gesture.
He might be jeopardizing his international career.
Because players had taken diverse stances in previous matches, the CSA committed to come up with a consistent stance on kneeling.
Some players stood with their arms behind their backs, knelt, and raised a fist before their first Twenty20 World Cup game against Australia.
Because of South Africa’s tumultuous history with apartheid, it was regarded especially vital to get an agreement among the players.
The CSA Board unanimously voted to issue a directive ordering all Proteas players to take a consistent and united stand against racism by ‘taking the knee’ prior to the start of their remaining World Cup matches, according to the statement.
“There were concerns raised that team members’ differing attitudes on the BLM campaign generated an unintended perception of inequity or lack of support for the initiative.
“After evaluating all pertinent considerations, including the players’ perspective, the Board determined that it was critical for the team to be viewed as adopting a united and consistent stance against racism, particularly given South Africa’s past.”
“Several other World Cup teams have taken a united stand against the problem, and the Board believes it is time for all South African players to do the same.”
Before their World Cup start on Saturday, England and West Indies players took a knee.
De Kock, a strong opening batsman and wicketkeeper, was a member of the Southern Brave’s Hundred squad last summer.
Reeza Hendricks took his place in the Proteas XI.
“Quinny is out and Reeza is in,” South Africa captain Temba Bavuma said of De Kock’s withdrawal from the match.
“For personal reasons, he (de Kock) has made himself inaccessible.”
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