Cricket South Africa (CSA) has noted the personal decision by South African wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock not to “take the knee” ahead of Tuesday’s T20 World Cup clash against the West Indies.
According to an earlier CSA statement on Tuesday, “all players had been required, in line with a directive of the CSA Board on Monday evening, to “take the knee” in a united and consistent stance against racism.”
The statement added that: “This is also the global gesture against racism that has been adopted by sportspeople across sporting codes because they recognise the power of sport to bring people together.
“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 CSA 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.
In a second statement issued shortly after the sensational news broke that Quinton de Kock had pulled out of the vital clash, CSA stated: “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 went on to “thank all other Proteas players for agreeing to unite and make such an important public stand against racism.”
Reeza Hendricks replaced De Kock in the starting XI while Heinrich Klaasen took over the wicketkeeper duties.