Quinton de Kock skipped a T20 World Cup match after South Africa’s cricket corps made the anti-racist gesture mandatory.
South African cricket star Quinton de Kock apologized for refusing to play in a Twenty20 World Cup match after players were ordered to kneel before the game, saying that he would now be “happy” to do so after all. .
“I would like to begin by apologizing to my teammates and the fans at home,” the goalie-hitter said in a statement Thursday.
“I never wanted to make this a Quinton problem. I understand the importance of opposing racism and I also understand the responsibility we have as players to lead by example. “
The South African player said that he felt compelled to kneel and felt that “his rights were taken away from him when they told me what we had to do the way they told us.”
But de Kock said he was now “more than happy” to kneel before future games, “if I, kneeling, help educate others and improve the lives of others.”
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A former captain and one of South Africa’s star players, he was unavailable for Tuesday’s game against the West Indies after a directive from the country’s cricket board that morning ordered all its players to kneel before matches.
De Kock said he had no intention of offending anyone, but was “shocked” by the directive.
Cricket South Africa issued the order a few hours before the crucial game in Dubai after previously saying that players could choose their own way to show their support for the anti-racism movement.
“I did not want, in any way, to disrespect anyone by not playing the West Indies, especially the West Indies team,” de Kock said.
“Maybe some people don’t understand that they hit us with this on Tuesday morning on the way to a game.
“I am deeply sorry for all the pain, confusion and anger that I have caused.”
De Kock’s refusal to play due to the Black Lives Matter gesture sparked a fierce backlash in his country in South Africa, where issues of race and racism are constantly making headlines due to the country’s history of forced segregation under the apartheid regime, which ended in 1994.
The actions of those players sparked accusations that they did not support the anti-racism movement. De Kock was previously asked why he doesn’t just kneel if he is against racism and has replied that it was for personal reasons, but said that he now felt he had to clarify his position.
De Kock denied the allegations in the wake of Tuesday’s controversy that he was racist, explaining “for those who don’t know” that he comes from a mixed-race family. Her stepmother is black and her stepsisters are mixed race.
“Black life has been important to me since I was born. Not only because there was an international movement, “said de Kock’s statement.
De Kock said he and his teammates had “emotional” conversations with members of the Cricket South Africa board on Wednesday and “I think we all understand their intentions better as well.”