Cricket South Africa (CSA) has rubbished the reports of wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock returning home in the middle of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.
Quinton de Kock was not part of the playing XI in the T20 World Cup game against the West Indies. The Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma said that De Kock has made himself unavailable for selection due to personal reasons.
However, there was more to it as in an official statement released by Cricket South Africa (CSA), it was revealed that the Board has informed all the players to “take the knee” to support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and Quinton de Kock refused to take the knee ahead of the clash against West Indies. Also, some reports came out stating that De Kock is set to return home.
There Is No Update On Quinton De Kock As Yet – Cricket South Africa (CSA)
In an official statement by the board, it was told that De Kock’s statement is being finalised, and it will be shared very soon.
“There is no update on Quinton de Kock as yet. His statement is being finalised and will be shared as soon as possible. He is still very much a part of the Proteas team and has not been sent home as some reports have incorrectly stated,” ESPNcricinfo quoted CSA as per saying.
Earlier, Cricket South Africa, in an official statement, informed all the South Africa cricketers about taking a knee before the match to showcase their support towards the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
“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.
Talking about Quinton De Kock’s decision, the Proteas skipper Temba Bavuma said that he respects the decision taken by wicketkeeper-batsman.
“Quinton is an adult. He’s a man in his own shoes. We respect his decision. We respect his convictions,” he stated.