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Quinton de Kock from the South Africa cricket team pulled out of the match after Cricket South Africa had issued a directive to its players to support the BLM (Black Lives Matter) movement.
Former Zimbabwean cricketer and commentator Pommie Mbangwa had some strong views and words during commentary after Quinton de Kock opted out of the T20 World Cup game between South Africa and West Indies for stating its for personal reasons.
Cricket South Africa had issued an order to its players to express a consistent and united stance against racism by ‘taking the knee’ prior to the match.
De Kock, however, has refused to take a knee in South Africa’s Test series in the West Indies earlier this year and opted out of the match after the order.
Mbangwa didn’t hold back and made his thoughts about the situation clear and was also joined by co-commentator and former West Indian all-rounder Darren Sammy who too opened up and voiced his opinion on the matter.
In a press release issued a little later by Cricket South Africa, it was revealed that De Kock refused to “take the knee” ahead of the match against the West Indies. The Board will await a further report from team management before taking any steps.
Let us take a look at some reactions by the Twitterratis as Quinton de Kock trends on Twitter:
???????? 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.— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 26, 2021
➡️ Full statement: https://t.co/cmEiA9JZy7 pic.twitter.com/4vOqkXz0DX
United against Racism.— The Villager (@DrJacksonBecks) October 26, 2021
South Africa has a history of Racism and inclusion.
What’s so difficult about that Quinton de Kock? Uyasiqhela kwedini. #BlackLivesMatter #BlackHistoryMonth #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/cxacnGLbHv
Quinton De Kock is a racist,the proteas must come back home.....we aren't going to support racists in our national team. How painful this picture is #T20WorldCup21 #BlackLivesMatter ❤???? pic.twitter.com/Zt2XeAytg0— #JPJohnHlophe4ChiefJustice???????? (@Bravopedi_) October 26, 2021
Quinton De Kock removed from the Team by Management because he didn't want to take the knee in support of Black Live Matters. pic.twitter.com/ILgC6hSOKH— Megh Updates????™ (@MeghUpdates1) October 26, 2021
CSA "we note the personal decision by Quinton de Kock not to take the knee ahead of the game against West Indies.
All players had been required, in line with a directive of CSA Board on Monday evening, to take the knee in a united & consistent stance against racism" #T20WorldCup— Saj Sadiq (@SajSadiqCricket) October 26, 2021
CSA issued a directive that all players must kneel in support of #BlackLivesMatter initiative.— #Vote4Change (@NalaThokozane) October 26, 2021
Quinton de Kock , who hasn’t kneeled has informed team Captain, Temba Bavuma that he is not available for selection due to personal reasons. ???????? pic.twitter.com/x55txvIK49
Cricket South Africa statement, noting Quinton de Kock's decision to not take the knee (pulling out of World Cup fixtures v West Indies) pic.twitter.com/We9j5LUnhs— Will Macpherson (@willis_macp) October 26, 2021
Quinton de Kock being so committed to not being anti-racist that he’d rather not play for his national side than take part in the anti-racism gesture is very telling of him as an individual, rightly called out by the commentators early on too, excellent from Pommie and Sammy.— Kieran (@BerbaSpinCric) October 26, 2021
Cricket South Africa have noted Quinton de Kock's decision not to take a knee.— Firdose Moonda (@FirdoseM) October 26, 2021
"The Board will await a further report from team management before deciding on the next steps. All players are expected to follow this directive for the remaining games of the World Cup."#T20WorldCup