Star Australia Opener David Warner has asserted, “we will take a knee” when he was asked to react to Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock withdrawing from a match by refusing to take a knee.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) in an official statement informed all the South Africa cricketers to take a knee before the match to showcase their support towards the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. However, Quinton de Kock refused to take a knee in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 game against West Indies.
“All players had been required, in line with a directive of the CSA Board on Monday evening, to “take the knee” in a united and consistent stance against racism. This is also the global gesture against racism that has been adopted by sportspeople across sporting codes because they recognise the power of sport to bring people together,” read the statement.
After seeing Quinton de Kock out of the Playing XI many thought that he will no longer play international cricket for South Africa, some reports also stated that he will fly back home in the middle of the World Cup. However, Cricket South Africa rubbished the reports and stated they will very soon make an official announcement regarding De Kock’s future with the team.
I Can’t Go Into Obviously The South African Administration Making Their Team Take A Knee – David Warner
The Australian opener David Warner stated that he can’t force anyone to take a knee and it’s an individual’s decision whether he wants to support any movement or not. He stated:
“I can’t go into obviously the South African administration making their team take a knee. So, yeah, from there, it’s obviously their decision, each individual’s decision to do that.”
Australia will next lock horns with Sri Lanka on Thursday at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. On the other hand, South Africa will also lock horns with Sri Lanka on Saturday 30 October.