Cricket South Africa (CSA) Board Chairperson Lawson Naidoo has revealed when Proteas batsman Quinton de Kock’s T20 Cricket World Cup fate will be decided.
De Kock stunned many in the South African cricket fraternity with his decision to pull out of the Proteas T20 Cricket World Cup game against the West Indies.
CSA’s statement on de Kock
At the time, CSA initially announced that de Kock had pulled out of the West Indies T20 Cricket World Cup fixture against the West Indies citing ‘personal reasons’. That in itself drove many cricket lovers on social media to draw the conclusion that, the ‘personal reasons’ were simply his refusal to take the knee, and that his actions had been “noted” by the CSA.
What made this less ideal for the Proteas side, was that de Kock’s decision had only come out after captain Themba Bavuma had just won the toss, and even he was stunned by that and taken aback with the rest of the team, that the 28-year-old had decided to pull out due to his refusal to take a knee like the rest of his teammates.
Bavuma could not answer questions on Quinton’s future in the tournament
When quizzed about de Kock’s future as a Proteas member for the duration of the T20 World Cup, Bavuma admitted that, he had no jurisdiction on that front and that decision would ultimately rest on the shoulders of those above him.
Those above him have since spoken, and Naidoo has revealed that, they cannot make a decision on de Kock’s T20 Cricket World Cup future, until a thorough report, giving clear reasons as to why he ignored the CSA directive was handed to the
“What we heard around Quinton de Kock’s unavailability is speculation for now.” Naidoo told SA FM , he would then follow up that statement when further quizzed on why de Kock hadn’t been recalled from the T20 Cricket World Cup despite refusing to honour the CSA directive he said;
“As I said, until we have received a full report from the team management outlining the discussinos that have been held with Quinton, I think it would be premature to speculate on that.” Naidoo concluded.