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Quinton de Kock: Player’s union bemoans ‘take the knee’ mandate

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Oct 27, 2021

The South African Cricketer’s Association (SACA), an organisation that acts as a union for professional cricketers in South Africa has hit out at the national governing body over their ‘take the knee’ mandate.

Cricket South Africa issued a mandate to all Proteas players to take part in the anti-racism gesture, which the players heard of just minutes before play was set to get underway in their T20 World Cup match against New Zealand.

Following the mandate, De Kock chose to withdraw his availability for the match against the West Indies.

The withdrawal has caused a stir worldwide and divided opinion both in cricketing circles and wider society.

SACA bemoans ‘take the knee’ mandate

SACA’s chief executive officer Andrew Breetzke happened to be speaking at the ongoing Cricket for Social Justice and Nation-building hearings and hit out at CSA for failing to deal with the issue when it first arose last year.

“The disappointment of where we are now is that this issue should have been dealt with a while ago,” Breetzke said.

“It shouldn’t have been done so by the board in the middle of an International Cricket Council event, in front of house and has developed into a crisis that needs to be managed.

“Some players have not taken the knee since December last year and it should have been dealt with back then and it wouldn’t have been a crisis.

“From a SACA perspective, I would like to see the players having a uniform approach in taking the knee, but at the same time, I’m not going to instruct the players to take a knee.

“My preference would have been that there was a uniform approach to the taking of the knee.”

Breetzke said that the team had already had many difficult conversations and examined the culture around the national team.

“This team has had more culture and diversity engagement than any other team has had, specifically under the leadership of Temba Bavuma and Dean Elgar,” Breetzke said

“They have had the hard conversations. I’m aware of that and I have had conversations with them.

“We have had the conversations around diversity, players understanding of BLM, players understanding of taking a knee and what it means to be in a team with people of different backgrounds.”

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