Lungi Ngidi, South Africa vs Pakistan 2018/19
Lungi Ngidi has been sidelined for 12 weeks because of a knee injury. Image Courtesy: Getty

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Lungi Ngidi drew a lot of flack for his stance on Black Lives Matter from ex-South Africa cricketers like Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar. The former cricketers slammed the stand taken by Lungi Ngidi and said that standing against racism is fine but supporting the Black Lives Movement in a country where ‘White farmers’ are being slaughtered is not right.

The 24-year-old pacer had said that the racism issue is “something that we need to take very seriously and like the rest of the world is doing, make the stand.” But after he was slammed for his remarks which ex-cricketers believe are nothing more than leftist political movement, former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has voiced his support for Ngidi.

Daren Sammy
Daren Sammy. Credits: Getty Images.

“The fact that some past players have an issue with Lungi’s stance on the #blacklivesmatter movement is actually the reason why we are still here today saying black lives matter,” Darren Sammy tweeted.

Earlier, Cricket South Africa director of cricket Graeme Smith said that everyone should be invested in the BLM movement after some discussions. He had also added that he will discuss with the iconic players on how to take a stance on the same.

“My belief in these things is that it’s important to have buy-in and that of everyone invested in it as well, and I have no doubt that will be the case. But the discussion in each team environment and as CSA about how we handle it going forward is important,” CSA Director of Cricket Graeme Smith said during an online press conference.

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Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith (Credits: Twitter)

“We do have the 3TC approaching on Mandela Day, where we are doing a lot for charity, and that will be our first occasion with the BLM movement. But as far as our iconic men’s and women’s teams are concerned there needs to be discussion,” Smith added.

The one-off 3TC exhibition match could see players supporting the movement.