Sport Quinton de Kock’s withdrawal over CSA knee mandate overshadows Proteas victory
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 overshadowed South Africa’s victory over West Indies in the T20 World Cup after dramatically withdrawing from the fixture.
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.
The contest itself became a mere subplot after De Kock had pulled out for “personal reasons”, just a couple of hours after Cricket South Africa issued a directive for all players to take a knee for the rest of the tournament.
De Kock misses World Cup match after refusing to take knee
Quinton de Kock withdrew from South Africa's T20 World Cup match against the West Indies after refusing to take a knee. © Getty Quinton de Kock withdrew from the South Africa team before their World Cup match against West Indies 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".
Cricket South Africa (CSA) has noted the personal decision by South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock not to “take the knee” ahead of Tuesday’s game against the West Indies.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA)
A subsequent statement from CSA said it had “has noted the personal decision…not to take the knee” of De Kock, who has previously refused to take part in the gesture and said in June: “It’s my own, personal opinion.”
CSA added: “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.”
Skipper respects Quinton de Kock decision
After the match, Temba Bavuma, South Africa’s first permanent black captain, said: “As a team we’re obviously surprised and taken aback by the news.
De Kock explained: How the South African cricketer refused to take a knee and what happens now
Quinton De Kock's move has drawn widespread criticism, but he has received an offer of support from his captain. But the saga is a reminder of sports' difficult history with racism in South Africa and beyond.What happened overnight?South Africa was up against the West Indies in its second match of the men's Twenty20 World Cup in the Middle East.The Proteas lost their first game of the tournament to Australia, making the match against the defending champions from the Caribbean crucial.But De Kock — wicketkeeper, star opening batsman and former captain — was not named in the team.
“Quinton is a big player for the team, not just with the bat, but the role he plays from a senior point of view, and not having that at my disposal as a captain was something I wasn’t looking forward to.
“In saying that, Quinton is an adult. He’s a man in his own shoes. We respect his decision. We respect his convictions. I know that he’ll be standing behind whatever decision that he’s taken.”
While some of his team-mates knelt or raised a fist ahead of their tournament opener against Australia on Saturday, De Kock did neither. He contributed just seven with the bat as the Proteas lost by five wickets in Abu Dhabi.
De Kock was replaced in the line-up by Reeza Hendricks, with Heinrich Klaasen taking on the wicketkeeping role as South Africa bounced back from Saturday’s loss to claim their first win of the tournament.
The Windies fared better with the bat than they did against England – when they were blown away for a measly 55, with Eoin Morgan’s side chasing down the total with six wickets and 11.4 overs to spare in Dubai.
Real reason de Kock walked out of World Cup
Quinton de Kock's call to withdraw from South Africa's T20 World Cup campaign came down to one decision.De Kock withdrew from the South African team after the squad was directed to take a knee by the game's governing body in that country.
Evin Lewis’ 56 from 35 balls helped to usher the defending champions to 143 for eight, but Hendricks’ 39 laid the groundwork for Aiden Markram (51 not out) and Rassie van der Dussen (43 not out) to get South Africa home.
The unbroken 83-run stand helped South Africa over the line with 10 balls to spare.
Windies captain Kieron Pollard said: “We have to dig deeper as a team. We have to dig deeper as a batting unit. We have to come out and hold our heads up and try to play a good game of cricket.
“We just have to do what it takes. We have to get wins on the board now. We have to win the next three games. We just have to take it one at a time and try to improve each and every time.”Share on TwitterTweet
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.