Graeme Smith Joins Lungi Ngidi To 'Take A Knee' During 3TC Solidarity Cup

Updated - 09 May 2024, 12:53 PM

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Graeme Smith (Credits - Twitter)

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CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith has shown support to South Africa fast bowler Lungi Ngidi for his stand on Black Live Matter movement in the ongoing 3TC Solidarity Cup. Smith had cleared his stance after Ngidi drew a lot of flak for extending his support towards the Black Lives Matter movement.

Former South Africa cricketers like Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar 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.

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Graeme Smith (Credits: Twitter)

But Graeme Smith had said that as the director, father, brother, friend and fellow South African he thinks that the movement is incredibly movement and there is no room for neutrality. He also said that I stand with Lungi Ngidi and all his brothers and sisters around the world to join the teams in taking a knee.

In the beginning of the match Smith along with all the participating players and former South Africa fast bowler Makhaya Ntini took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“As Director of Cricket at Cricket South Africa, a former Protea and captain, a teammate, a father, a brother, a friend and most importantly fellow South African, I am proud to support this incredibly important movement. There is no room for neutrality in on this topic,” Smith wrote on his social media handles.

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Lungi Ngidi. AFP

“I stand with Lungi Ngidi and our brothers and sisters around the world. I will join the teams tomorrow in taking the knee at the 3TC #SolidarityCup,” he wrote.

Earlier 30 former cricketers from South Africa have issued a rousing statement in support of the stand taken by Ngidi. They had taken a note of the criticism Ngidi has received for his support from Pat Symcox, Boeta Dippenaar, Rudi Steyn, Brian McMillan and said that they are strongly in favour of the moment.