South Africa batsman Quinton de Kock has said that he is ready to take knee and apologised to teammates and fans in a statement released on social media. The development comes amid an ongoing controversy after his stand on Black Lives Matter.
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“I would like to start by saying sorry to my teammates, and fans back home. I never ever wanted to make this a Quinton issue. I understand the importance of standing against racism, and I also understand the responsibility of us as players to set an example. If me taking a knee helps to educate others, and makes the lives of others better, I am more than happy to do so,” Cricket South Africa shared Quinton de Kock’s statement.
“I did not, in any way, mean to disrespect anyone by not playing against West Indies, especially the West Indies team themselves. Maybe some people don’t understand that we were just hit this on Tuesday morning, on the way to a game. I am deeply sorry for all the hurt, confusion and anger that I have caused,” it added.
Ahead of the match against West Indies on Tuesday, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said De Kock made himself unavailable due to “personal reasons.”
CSA has unanimously agreed to issue a directive requiring all Proteas players to adopt a consistent and united stance against racism by “taking the knee” prior to the start of their remaining T20 World Cup matches.
Will de Kock play next match?
It is still unclear that whether Quinton will play for South Africa in the T20 World Cup as the final call is left with the board and management.
“I just want to thank my teammates for their support, especially my captain, Temba. People might not recognise, but he is a flipping amazing leader. If he and the team, and South Africa, will have me, I would love nothing more than to play cricket for my country again,” he signed off.
South Africa will next play Sri Lanka on Saturday.