Sport Quinton de Kock apologizes, set to take the knee after all
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 declared himself available for the rest of South Africa’s T20 World Cup after discussions with management and Cricket South Africa.
De Kock issued a statement on Thursday which sought to explain his position and apologise for any offence caused by his decision.
The wicketkeeper batsman revealed that CSA notified players of their mandate to ‘take the knee’ as they were on the way to the ground.
De Kock indicated that he was now prepared to make the anti-racism gesture ahead of matches.
Quinton de Kock’s statement in full
“I would like to start by saying sorry to my teammates, and the fans back home,” the statement began.
Temba Bavuma lauds Aiden Markram’s allround contribution
Temba Bavuma also addressed Quinton de Kock's withdrawal from the team just before the start of the match.Markram bowled the opening over for the Proteas after Bavuma won the toss and put the West Indies to bat, and conceded four runs before bowling a maiden in the third over of the match, before Evin Lewis lined up the offspinner and took him for 18 in the third in what was a lesson to both the bowler and his skipper.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.
“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.
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.
“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.”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.