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De Kock pulls out of T20 World Cup match due to 'personal reasons'
Cricket South Africa were forced to react after the team chose different methods to support the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of their defeat by Australia.Cricket South Africa were forced to react after the team chose different methods to support the Black Lives Matter movement ahead of their five-wicket defeat by Australia.
Quinton de Kock withdrew from South Africa's T20 World Cup match against the West Indies after refusing to take a knee.
South Africa's players have been told to take a knee before the start of their remaining T20 World Cup matches after they were pictured taking varying stances before their defeat to Australia on Saturday.
The Cricket South Africa (CSA) Board unanimously agreed on Monday to "adopt a consistent and united stance against racism".
South Africa later said they "noted the personal decision" of De Kock not to take a knee and will await a further report from team management before deciding on the next steps.
Quinton de Kock’s withdrawal over CSA knee mandate overshadows Proteas victory
Cricket South Africa had issued a directive that all players should take the knee and the wicketkeeper pulled out ahead of the eight-wicket win.The Windies’ defence of their title looks to be in tatters after a second successive tournament defeat as the Proteas overhauled a target of 144 with eight wickets and 10 balls to spare in Dubai.
De Kock has not taken part in any of South Africa's gestures of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, saying in June it was down to his "own, personal opinion".
CSA said concerns had been raised that different postures taken by team members in support of the BLM initiative "created an unintended perception of disparity or lack of support for the initiative".Scorecard: South Africa vs West Indies, T20 World Cup
A statement said: "After considering all relevant issues, including the position of the players, the Board felt that it was imperative for the team to be seen taking a united and consistent stand against racism, especially given SA's history."
CSA board chairperson Lawson Naidoo added: "A commitment to overcoming racism is the glue that should unite, bind and strengthen us.
Anger, disbelief at star's drastic boycott
Quinton de Kock's decision to withdraw from South Africa's match against West Indies has divided opinion across the cricket world.The wicketkeeper-batter withdrew from the match, following a directive from Cricket South Africa requiring all players to take a knee prior to the game.
"Race should not be manipulated to amplify our weaknesses. Diversity can and should find expression in many facets of our daily lives, but not when it comes to taking a stand against racism.
"South Africans were recently joined by people across the world in celebrating the 90th birthday of our revered Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
"What better tribute from the Proteas to an icon of the struggle for freedom in South Africa than to demonstrate we are working to fulfil his vision of a united South Africa."
South Africa made one change for the West Indies meeting from the Australia defeat, with Reeza Hendricks replacing De Kock.'It makes De Kock look like a pariah in that team'
Sky Sports Cricket commentator and former England captain Michael Atherton:
"It's extremely sad that South Africa haven't managed to find a way of showing a united stance against racism, especially given the nature of the country's past.
'Cricket on its knees': South African media on De Kock's withdrawal
The fallout of Quinton de Kock's refusal to take the knee ahead of South Africa's T20 World Cup game with the West Indies continues to rumble on, less than 24 hours after the contentious decision. De Kock sensationally pulled out of the match - which South Africa won by eight wickets - when their cricket board told their players 'to adopt a consistent and united stance against racism' and take a knee ahead of every match.And on Wednesday, South African newspaper The Citizen summed up cricket's racial politics - especially in that country - with the headline: 'Cricket on its knees.
"It's also sad in my view that it hasn't been driven by the team and that there's been a directive from above - much better to be driven by the team. Once the team drives and the captain and the players drive it, I can't see any reason why you wouldn't take the knee. Why wouldn't you do it in support of anti-racism and in support of your team-mates? It was a dramatic start to that game, nobody was expecting it, and a sad outcome.
"It makes him look like a pariah in that team. The rest of the team have taken the knee. That country has a terrible past and they're trying to move on from that and this is one way of moving on, to show a united stance against racism. Quinton de Kock has decided not to do that so I'm afraid it makes him look like a pariah in that team.
"Either he's going to have to dramatically change his opinion or the other 14 or 15 South African players will have to change their opinions, so something will have to give. What will happen in the future? Your guess is as good as mine."
Miller, Rabada pull off thrilling chase despite Hasaranga's hat-trick .
David Miller and Kagiso Rabada combined to propel South Africa to a thrilling victory as they edged Sri Lanka by four wickets despite a hat-trick by Wanindu Hasaranga in the T20 World Cup on Saturday. Miller finished with 23 off 13 balls while Rabada made 13 off seven to carry their team home after Hasaranga took the third hat-trick in tournament history. South Africa skipper Temba Bavuma admitted it had been a tough few days after the Quinton de Kock controversy.De Kock was recalled to the team on Saturday after refusing to take the knee in Tuesday's game against West Indies.