Sports Reporter
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26 Oct 2021
1:29 pm

CONFIRMED: De Kock flouts ‘knee’ command, CSA to decide on next step

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'All players had been required to "take the knee" in a united and consistent stance against racism,' insists CSA

Quinton de Kock defied Cricket South Africa's orders to "take the knee" ahead of the World T20 game against the West indies on Tuesday. Picture: Getty Images

Cricket South Africa (CSA) said in a statement on Tuesday they had noted the personal decision by South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock not to “take the knee” ahead of Tuesday’s T20 World Cup game against the West Indies.

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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.

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After considering all relevant issues, including the freedom of choice of players, the Board had made it clear it was imperative for the team to be seen taking a stand against racism, especially given SA’s history.

The Board’s view was that while diversity can and should find expression in many facets of daily lives, this did not apply when it came to taking a stand against racism.

The Board said they would 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, the Board added.

CSA thanked all other Proteas players for agreeing to unite and make such an important public stand against racism.