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Sport De Kock slams South Africa board for FORCING players to take the knee

11:16  28 october  2021
11:16  28 october  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Quinton de Kock pulls out of Proteas team after CSA orders players to take the knee

  Quinton de Kock pulls out of Proteas team after CSA orders players to take the knee Proteas captain Temba Bavuma revealed Quinton de Kock's withdrawal at the toss.At the toss, South Africa captain Temba Bavuma said the former national captain had made himself unavailable for their crucial Super 12 match in Dubai.

Quinton De Kock has apologised to his South Africa teammates for his refusal to take the knee before a T20 match against West Indies. “I would like to start by saying sorry to my teammates, and the fans back home,” he said. “I never ever wanted to make this a Quinton issue. I understand the importance of standing against racism and I also understand the responsibility of us as players to set an example. “If me taking a knee helps to educate others, and makes the lives of others better, I am more than happy to do so,” De Kock added.

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Quinton de Kock refused to play in a T20 World Cup game against the West Indies on Tuesday in protest after Cricket South Africa ordered its players to take a knee before matches in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Recently, South African cricket has held a series of open hearings after Black players who were previously on the team claimed they were marginalized, and sometimes victims of direct racism, even years after apartheid ended in 1994. The most damaging revelation at the hearings came when former spin bowler Paul Adams said

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South Africa star Quinton de Kock has criticised the country's cricket board for forcing their players to take the knee during the ongoing T20 World Cup in the UAE after he withdrew from a game earlier this week.

The Proteas star sensationally pulled out of their T20 victory against West Indies on Tuesday after their board ordered them to 'to adopt a consistent and united stance against racism' and take a knee ahead of every match.

But the 28-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman decided during the coach journey to the Dubai International Cricket stadium that he would not join in, leaving Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma to announce at the toss he had withdrawn due to 'personal reasons'.

South Africa sink West Indies in De Kock's absence

  South Africa sink West Indies in De Kock's absence South Africa beat defending champions West Indies in a game overshadowed by Quinton De Kock's withdrawal.Cricket South Africa had issued a directive to the side to carry out the gesture ahead of their remaining World Cup games, saying that it was "imperative for the team to be seen taking a united and consistent stand against racism, especially given South Africa's history.

De Kock refused to take a knee in South Africa ’s Test series in the West Indies earlier this year. Eoin Morgan’s England took the knee along with the West Indies on day one of the ongoing World Cup and India and Pakistan followed in their key clash on Sunday. Nkwe’s resignation came against a backdrop of widespread criticism of Boucher following revelations made at hearings into racism in South African cricket. The criticism intensified when former Black players alleged they were not made to feel welcome in the national team environment during the period in which Boucher was a prominent

© Indranil MUKHERJEE Out for 'personal reasons': South Africa 's Quinton De Kock (left) in Abu Dhabi. Quinton de Dock on Tuesday opted out of South Africa 's Twenty20 World Cup match against the West Indies "for personal reasons" as the country's cricket board ordered players to take the knee . Skipper Temba Bavuma said the wicketkeeper-batsman, a former national captain, had made himself unavailable due to "personal reasons" in their crucial Super 12 match in Dubai.

Fears that former captain de Kock had represented his country for the last time subsequently grew.

But in a statement provided by Cricket South Africa, de Kock insists he did not mean to cause offence but insisted the gesture of taking the knee has little meaning if players are forced to do so.

'I would like to start by saying sorry to my teammates, and the fans back home,' de Kock said.

'I never ever wanted to make this a Quinton issue. I understand the importance of standing against racism, and I also understand the responsibility of us as players to set an example.

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'If me taking a knee helps to educate others, and makes the lives of others better, I am more than happy to do so.

'I did not, in any way, mean to disrespect anyone by not playing against West Indies, especially the West Indian team themselves. Maybe some people don't understand that we were just hit with this on Tuesday morning, on the way to a game.

De Kock explained: How the South African cricketer refused to take a knee and what happens now

  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.

© Indranil MUKHERJEE Out for 'personal reasons': South Africa 's Quinton De Kock (left) in Abu Dhabi. Quinton de Dock on Tuesday opted out of South Africa 's Twenty20 World Cup match against the West Indies "for personal reasons" as the country's cricket board ordered players to take the knee . Skipper Temba Bavuma said the wicketkeeper-batsman, a former national captain, had made himself unavailable due to "personal reasons" in their crucial Super 12 match in Dubai.

"The Cricket South Africa (CSA) Board on Monday evening unanimously agreed to issue a directive requiring all Proteas players to adopt a consistent and united stance against racism by ' taking the knee ' prior to the start of their remaining World Cup matches," said a CSA statement. "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." De Kock refused to take a knee in South Africa 's Test series in the West Indies earlier

'I am deeply sorry for all the hurt, confusion and anger that I have caused.

'I was quiet on this very important issue until now. But I feel I have to explain myself a little bit.

'For those who don't know, I come from a mixed race family. My half-sisters are Coloured and my step mom is Black. For me, Black lives have mattered since I was born. Not just because there was an international movement.

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'The rights and equality of all people is more important than any individual.

'I was raised to understand that we all have rights, and they are important.

'I felt like my rights were taken away when I was told what we had to do in the way that we were told.

'Since our chat with the board last night, which was very emotional, I think we all have a better understanding of their intentions as well. I wish this had happened sooner, because what happened on match day could have been avoided.

Real reason de Kock walked out of World Cup

  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.

“ De Kock divides opinion” read a banner on news channel eNCA, where commentators debated his right to self-expression against his responsibility to support his team and his nation. A hashtag #IStandwithQuinton started appearing, especially among right-wingers, defending his right to dissent. CSA required players to take the knee after pictures emerged from the team’s first game against Australia at the weekend where some players knelt and some stood. De Kock stood with his arms behind his back. He also refused to take a knee in South Africa ’s Test series in the West Indies

" De Kock divides opinion" read a banner on news channel eNCA, where commentators debated his right to self-expression against his responsibility to support his team and his nation. A hashtag #IStandwithQuinton started appearing, especially among right-wingers, defending his right to dissent. CSA required players to take the knee after pictures emerged from the team's first game against Australia at the weekend where some players knelt and some stood. De Kock stood with his arms behind his back. He also refused to take a knee in South Africa 's Test series in the West Indies

'I know I have an example to set. We were previously told we had the choice to do what we felt we wanted to do.

'I chose to keep my thoughts to myself, and thought of the pride of playing for my family and my country.

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'I didn't understand why I had to prove it with a gesture, when I live and learn and love people from all walks of life every day. When you are told what to do, with no discussion, I felt like it takes away the meaning. If I was racist, I could easily have taken the knee and lied, which is wrong and doesn't build a better society.

'Those who have grown up with me and played with me, know what type of person I am.

'I've been called a lot of things as a cricketer. Doff. Stupid. Selfish. Immature. But those didn't hurt. Being called a racist because of a misunderstanding hurts me deeply.

'It hurts my family. It hurts my pregnant wife.

'I am not a racist. In my heart of hearts, I know that. And I think those who know me know that.

'I know I'm not great with words, but I've tried my best to explain how truly sorry I am for making like this is about me.

'It is not.

Hidden motivation behind de Kock's defiance

  Hidden motivation behind de Kock's defiance The motivation behind Quinton de Kock's refusal to take part in the BLM protest is complicated, according to a report.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.

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'I won't lie, I was shocked that we were told on the way to an important match that there was an instruction that we had to follow, with a perceived 'or else.' I don't think I was the only one.

'We had camps. We had sessions. We had zoom meetings. We know where we all stand. And that is together.

'I love every one of my teammates, and I love nothing more than playing cricket for South Africa.

'I think it would of been better for everyone concerned if we had sorted this out before the tournament started.

'Then we could have focused on our job, to win cricket matches for our country.

'There always seems to be a drama when we go to World Cups. That isn't fair.

'I just want to thank my teammates for their support, especially my captain, Temba. People might not recognise, but he is a flipping amazing leader.

'If he and the team, and South Africa, will have me, I would love nothing more than to play cricket for my country again.

'QDK.'

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