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Quinton de Kock: South African media react to T20 World Cup withdrawal

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The fallout from Quinton de Kock’s refusal to kneel for South Africa’s T20 World Cup match against the West Indies continues to resound less than 24 hours after the controversial decision.

De Kock sensationally withdrew from the Proteas match – which they won by eight wickets – when the South African board instructed their players to ‘take a consistent and united stand against racism’ and take a knee every match .

And on Wednesday, South African newspaper The Citizen summed up the racial politics of cricket – especially there – with the headline: ‘Cricket on its knees’.

Quinton de Kock’s refusal not to kneel vs the West Indies on Tuesday has continued

South African newspaper The Citizen's front page headlined 'Cricket on his knees'

South African newspaper The Citizen’s front page headlined ‘Cricket on his knees’

Cricket South Africa ordered their players to kneel after their disjointed support for the Black Lives Matter movement against Australia last week (above)

Cricket South Africa ordered their players to kneel after their disjointed support for the Black Lives Matter movement against Australia last week (above)

They report that De Kock’s decision has “sent shockwaves through South Africa”, but he still has the support of captain Temba Bavuma who says he remains “one of the boys”.

The former coach of De Kock also insists that ‘Quinny is not a racist’, despite his decision not to kneel.

De Kock – the opener, wicketkeeper and best batsman for his side – decided during the bus trip to the Dubai International Cricket stadium that he would not participate, effectively banning him from the match and possibly the tournament.

On Tuesday evening, there was even speculation that he was representing his country for the last time at the age of 28.

And according to a report in Australia, De Kock could turn his back on his country to play in the Australian Big Bash League. It has been claimed that a franchise has already contacted its management to see if it would be interested in representing them.

When asked about that possible scenario, Australia opener David Warner said De Kock’s presence would be great for the competition.

Reports in Australia claim the 28-year-old has been approached to play in the BBL instead

Reports in Australia claim the 28-year-old has been approached to play in the BBL instead

‘That’s fast. Does that predict that he will leave South Africa?” Nine.com reports.

“Of course that would be great for the Big Bash. If the opportunity was there for him, I’m sure he would grab it.

“Of course there are many other competitions around the world that other South African players participate in. It would be good for any international player to come to Australia and participate.”

Warner is not alone in speaking out about De Kock’s political position, and many share their views on this.

Bavuma admitted it had been “one of my hardest days coping as a captain,” but added: “Quinton is an adult. You have to respect his decision whether you agree with it or not. I can’t force others to see things the way I do them, and they can’t force me either.’

South African captain Temba Bavuma (right) said Tuesday had been

South African captain Temba Bavuma (right) said Tuesday had been “one of my most difficult days dealing with as captain” following De Kock’s decision.

West Indian captain Kieron Pollard, an IPL team-mate of De Kock’s at Mumbai Indians, appeared unaware of the day’s events but said taking a knee was ‘something we’re strong about as a team and as a people. feel for it’, and added: ‘We’ll keep doing it. Everyone has their own opinion about it. Education is the key.’

In the comment box, former Zimbabwean navigator Pommie Mbangwa couldn’t hide his disappointment. “Excuse me for being political,” he said, “but I can’t shake my skin.”

Fellow commentator Daren Sammy, a former West Indian captain, was also stunned, saying, “There are other issues that affect the world, but I don’t understand why it’s so difficult.”

In a statement, Cricket South Africa said they will assess how to handle the situation after gathering all relevant information.

Former Zimbabwean international Pommie Mbangwa spoke out against De Kock's actions

Just like the former West Indian all-rounder Darren Sammy

Pommie Mbangwa (left) and Darren Sammy (right) spoke out against De Kock’s actions

Cricket South Africa has taken note of South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock’s personal decision not to kneel for Tuesday’s game against the West Indies.

The Council is awaiting a further report from the team leadership before deciding on the next steps. All players are expected to adhere to this guideline (take their knees) for the remaining matches of the World Cup.”

However, Cricket South Africa’s position did not receive the full support of everyone as former England captain Michael Vaughan condemned their position.

“It is still up to the individual to decide whether he or she wants to be involved in a movement,” he wrote on Twitter.

“A cricket board should ask players to do it, but if that person decides they don’t want it, it shouldn’t stop them from playing the game of cricket.”

Former England captain Michael Vaughan backed De Kock after he didn't play

Former England captain Michael Vaughan backed De Kock after he didn’t play

Meanwhile, West Indian all-rounder Carlos Braithwaite could see both sides of the argument calling it a “watershed moment.”

“I know Quinton de Kock quite well and I’ve never felt any bad blood or a bad vibe from him,” he told the BBC.

“I’m not in favor of forcing someone to do something they don’t want to do. But I also understand where Cricket South Africa comes from, this is a turning point for the Black Lives Matter movement.’

Both West Indies and Proteas players knelt before their group match in Dubai

Both West Indies and Proteas players knelt before their group match in Dubai

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