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CSA release statement after Quinton De Kock’s withdrawal from the party

The South African Cricket Board (CSA) has learned of wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock’s decision to withdraw from the game due to “personal reasons”. Following this decision by De Kock, there are reports of tension in the team. On Tuesday, the board had ordered its players to kneel down to support the anti-racism movement ahead of T20 World Cup matches.

In a shocking move, de Kock was unavailable for selection for the match against the West Indies at the ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai on Tuesday. The board said it would await the team’s management report before deciding the next course of action on the matter.

“The Board has learned of the personal decision of South African goalkeeper Quinton de Kock not to participate in a ‘kneel’ before the game against the West Indies on Tuesday,” said CSA.

De Kock also hinted that he was not part of the initiative in the past, saying: “It should be everyone’s decision, no one should be forced to do anything in life. This is how I see things.”

Earlier Monday night, CSA unanimously agreed that all South African players will kneel before the start of the rest of the matches. The board ordered the players to show solidarity, citing the country’s apartheid past. For a long time, black players were not allowed to be part of the South African national teams.

“According to the CSA Board directive issued Monday night, it is necessary for all players to continually ‘kneel’ (before each T20 World Cup match) in solidarity against racism,” the board said.

“It is also the global campaign against racism that has been embraced by players under the Sports Code as they recognize the power of sport to bring people together,” he said.

South African cricketers appear to be divided on the issue, with some players standing with their fists rather than ‘kneeling’ before the opening match of the T20 World Cup against Australia, while others put their hands behind their backs. Fast pitcher Enrique Norkhia and goalkeeper Heinrich Klaasen stood with their hands behind their backs, even as their teammates used different methods to express their support for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

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On Tuesday, however, both players were ‘on their knees’ along with the rest of the team. The current team captain, Temba Bavuma, is the first black player to lead the country.

CSA said of De Kock: “The board will await another report from team management before taking the next step. All players are expected to follow this directive for the remainder of the World Cup.”

The cricket fraternity also reacted to De Kock’s sudden decision to withdraw from an important match for his team. “Quinton de Kock is not playing due to his position in the BLM (Black Lives Matter) movement,” Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik tweeted along with a picture.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted in support of De Kock: “Certainly it is up to the individual to decide whether they want to join any movement or not. A cricket board should ask players to do so. But if the player doesn’t wants to do it, he shouldn’t stop playing cricket. “

Quinton de Kock refuses to kneel, stopped playing XI against West Indies

Previously, the Indian team also protested against racism by kneeling under the global ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign before the first match against Pakistan on Sunday.

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