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Sport Hidden motivation behind de Kock's defiance

00:16  28 october  2021
00:16  28 october  2021 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

De Kock pulls out of T20 World Cup match due to 'personal reasons'

  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 has yet to comment on his refusal to take a knee to promote the Black Lives Matter protest, raising further questions about the former South African skipper's motives.

De Kock withdrew from the South African team after the squad was directed to take a knee by the game's governing body in the country.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 23: Players of South Africa take the knee ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between Australia and SA at Sheikh Zayed stadium on October 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC/ICC via Getty Images) © ICC via Getty Images ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - OCTOBER 23: Players of South Africa take the knee ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup match between Australia and SA at Sheikh Zayed stadium on October 23, 2021 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gareth Copley-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Images of players with their hands behind their back prior to South Africa's match against Australia on Saturday led to Cricket South Africa calling on all players to take a knee, resulting in de Kock making himself unavailable for the match against the West Indies.

De Kock misses World Cup match after refusing to take knee

  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".

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However, sources with knowledge of the situation claim de Kock's reluctance to take part in the protest was aimed at Cricket South Africa and their directive to have all players take part.

Quinton de Kock of South Africa. © Getty Quinton de Kock of South Africa.

De Kock has had a touchy relationship with the nation's cricket governing body in recent times, following CSA's decision in March to strip him of the captaincy across all three formats.

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, de Kock expected to remain at the helm of the limited overs teams. However, head selector Victor Mpitsang said he had not been sacked from the role and there was an agreement for him to step away from the captaincy.

Quinton de Kock’s withdrawal over CSA knee mandate overshadows Proteas victory

  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.

The Guardian reports the reason why de Kock has not made a statement yet is because crisis talks are ongoing within the team.

The South African Cricketer's Association backed de Kock, saying Cricket South Africa's mandate caused a "crisis".

"This issue should have been dealt with a while ago and not at an ICC event, where it is a crisis," SACA CEO Andrew Breetzke said, according to ESPN Cricinfo.

South Africa's next game is against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

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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.

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