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Quinton de Kock Didn’t Want To Take The Knee, Quits West Indies Game


Quinton de Kock Didn’t Want To Take The Knee, Quits West Indies Game

The veteran Proteas wicket-keeper batter, Quinton de Kock made himself unavailable for South Africa’s playing XI at the T20 World Cup on Tuesday after the nation’s governing body made it compulsory to take a knee before the start of remaining matches. CSA said in a statement that it was “imperative for the team to be seen taking a united and consistent stand against racism, especially given South Africa’s history.”

In the Proteas’ first match against Australia, Quinton de Kock was the only cricketer who neither did take a knee nor raise a fist nor stand to attention. CSA was looking to send a unified message as the different postures may create an “unintended perception of disparity or lack of support for” the BLM movement, and they made the gesture a compulsory one.

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De Kock then pulled out of Tuesday’s match against the West Indies due to “personal reasons”, as informed by the skipper, Temba Bavuma during the toss. Eoin Morgan’s England took the knee along with the West Indies on day one of the ongoing World Cup and India and Pakistan followed in their key clash on Sunday. The players from the rainbow nation are playing in Tuesday’s game took the knee before the start of the game.

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