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Keshav Maharaj Says There Are No Racists In South Africa Team After Quinton De Kock Controversy

Keshav Maharaj insists there are no racists on the South African team as they prepare to welcome Quinton De Kock after his apology for refusing to kneel.

  • Quinton De Kock withdrew from the team after refusing to kneel
  • Since then, he has criticized the South African management for forcing players to kneel.
  • De Kock has apologized for his refusal and has had clear discussions with the board.
  • He will return to the squad to play the T20 World Cup clash with Sri Lanka
  • Keshav Maharaj insists there are no racists within the South African team


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South African spinner Keshav Maharaj insisted that ‘no one is a racist on our team’ as they prepare to welcome Quinton De Kock following the hitter-goalkeeper’s apology for his refusal to kneel.

De Kock caused a stir when he withdrew from South Africa’s T20 World Cup match against the West Indies, rejecting a board directive for all players to engage in the anti-racism gesture for the remainder of the tournament.

In a lengthy statement, De Kock insisted that he was “not a racist” and explained that his stance was due to his feeling that “his rights had been taken away” but that he changed his mind by taking his knee after clear conversations with the board. .

Quinton De Kock returns to the side after a change of opinion when he knelt

Quinton De Kock returns to the side after a change of opinion when he knelt

Keshav Maharaj has insisted that there are no racists within the South African team.

Keshav Maharaj has insisted that there are no racists within the South African team.

Keshav Maharaj has insisted that there are no racists within the South African team.

Maharaj admitted it has been a challenging week and while he could not confirm whether De Kock would return to the team for their match against Sri Lanka on Saturday, the slow left-hander insisted the group is in harmony.

“We all support each other and respect everyone’s cultural, religious and spiritual differences,” Maharaj said. ‘I’m a very religious person so I know you have to accept a lot of things and we respect that.

‘Nobody is racist within our team. We are all on the team in a good space right now. It has been a difficult week, but I think it has brought us together and we have drawn some strength and inspiration from it.

Cricket South Africa ordered their players to kneel after the Black Lives Matters movement's disjointed effort against Australia last week.

Cricket South Africa ordered their players to kneel after the Black Lives Matters movement's disjointed effort against Australia last week.

Cricket South Africa ordered their players to kneel after the Black Lives Matters movement’s disjointed effort against Australia last week.

“The boys are mature enough and adult enough to adapt to the situation. I think the spirits were very high in training.

‘There is that rumor and that momentum that comes back to the team after two long days. But yeah, I think the guys are in a good position, and our focus is back on cricket for now. ‘

In De Kock’s absence, South Africa topped the Windies, rebounding from a loss to Australia in their first group match in Super 12, while a victory over Sri Lanka in Sharjah on Saturday will boost their hopes of reaching the semi-finals.

De Kock (right) refused to kneel, explaining that his posture was because he felt that 'his rights had been taken away'

De Kock (right) refused to kneel, explaining that his posture was because he felt that 'his rights had been taken away'

De Kock (right) refused to kneel, explaining that his posture was because he felt that ‘his rights had been taken away’

De Kock, a former Proteas captain who has played 53 Tests, 124 one-dayers and 58 T20s, is rated one of the brightest players in his country and could directly return to the team as a wicketkeeper and opening hitter.

“Obviously that is up to the selectors in terms of whether or not to start,” Maharaj said. But I know if he gets the chance, he will definitely come back to the team.

‘A person of his caliber, we know what Quinny can do with the bat, and he hits to win games. It has been a difficult week for him, but he is a very mature character despite what people may think.

“Quinny is Quinny and we love having him on the team.”

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