Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed that the South African team will continue taking a knee in its bid to stand against racism. The gesture will be made during their upcoming home series against Netherlands and India.
The board had a meeting on Wednesday night where they had a discussion and decided that the players and the management will take the knee before the start of every match.
“Following a meeting between a board, led by the chair of the board and team captains and team management last night, it was confirmed that the gesture of taking the knee will continue for the forthcoming season,” a media release from CSA read.
“The board had clarified that for the rest of the season, the Proteas should continue to take the knee as a contribution towards the global sports endeavour to demonstrate its commitment to eradicating racism and all forms of discrimination,” it added.
“This has now been accepted as a matter of principle” – CSA
The CSA board chairperson Lawson Naidoo said that the conversation with the captains went well, and they’re happy to continue taking a stand against racism. In the recently concluded T20 World Cup, Quinton de Kock made the headlines for refusing to take the knee before the start of a game.
“The decision to engage the players on the gesture of taking the knee was not taken lightly, and we are delighted that we had the opportunity to engage with the captains and that this has now been accepted as a matter of principle.”
“The gesture is an important stance in articulating an unequivocal determination against discrimination in sports and in society, and one in which South African sportsmen and women should be taking the lead,” Naidoo said.
South Africa host India for a 3-match Test series, 3-match ODI series, and a 4-match T20I series starting in December.