De Kock controversy | CSA awaits report before deciding on next steps

CSA have said they will await a report from team management before deciding on what action to take against wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock. Courtesy of #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - Quinton de Kock withdrew from South Africa's Twenty20 World Cup match against the West Indies after refusing to take the knee on Tuesday.

Skipper Temba Bavuma said the wicketkeeper-batsman, a former national captain, had made himself unavailable "for personal reasons" in their crucial Super 12 game in Dubai.

"Cricket South Africa (CSA) has noted the personal decision by South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock not to take the knee ahead of Tuesday's game against the West Indies," said a CSA statement.

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"The Board will await a further report from team management before deciding on the next steps. All players are expected to follow this directive (to take the knee) for the remaining games of the World Cup."

After South Africa had won the match by eight wickets, Bavuma admitted that there will be question marks over De Kock's future in the team.

"Quinton is an adult. He's a man in his own shoes. We respect his decision. We respect his convictions," said Bavuma.

"I don't know how far it's going to develop. It wouldn't be my decision whether to replace Quinton or to get a substitute. That would be probably the coach and the selectors.

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"But as far as we stand, Quinton is still one of the players. He's still one of the boys, so whatever support that he needs, whatever shoulder that he requires from his teammates, we'll be there for him."

Earlier, the CSA said "concerns were raised that the different postures taken by team members in support of the BLM (Black Lives Matter) initiative created an unintended perception of disparity or lack of support for the initiative".

They acted after pictures emerged from the team's first game against Australia at the weekend where some players knelt and some stood.

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The South Africans playing in Tuesday's game took the knee before the start of the game.

"A commitment to overcoming racism is the glue that should unite, bind and strengthen us," CSA board chairperson Lawson Naidoo said.

"Race should not be manipulated to amplify our weaknesses. Diversity can and should find expression in many facets of our daily lives, but not when it comes to taking a stand against racism."

Source
AFP

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