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

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

De Kock withdrew sensationally from the Proteas match, which won by eight wickets, when the South African board told its players to “take a coherent and united stance against racism” and kneel before each match.

And on Wednesday, the 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 before the West Indies on Tuesday has continued

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

The front page of the South African newspaper The Citizen bore the headline 'Cricket on its knees'

The front page of the South African newspaper The Citizen bore the headline 'Cricket on its knees'

The front page of the South African newspaper The Citizen bore the headline ‘Cricket on its knees’

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

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

Cricket South Africa ordered its 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 sent “shock waves through South Africa” ​​but still has the support of Captain Temba Bavuma, who says he is still “one of the guys”.

De Kock’s former coach also insists that ‘Quinny is not a racist’, despite his decision not to participate on the knees.

De Kock, his team’s starter, goalkeeper and best hitter, decided during the coach’s trip to the Dubai International Cricket stadium that he would not join, effectively ruling himself out of the match and possibly the tournament.

On Tuesday night, there was even speculation that, at 28, he had represented his country for the last time.

And according to a report from 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 their management to see if they would be interested in representing them.

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

Reports in Australia claim that the 28-year-old was approached to play for the BBL.

Reports in Australia claim that the 28-year-old was approached to play for the BBL.

Reports in Australia claim that the 28-year-old was approached to play for the BBL.

‘That is fast. Is that a prediction that he will leave South Africa? ‘, As reported by Nine.com.

‘Obviously that would be great for Big Bash. If I had the opportunity, I’m sure I could take advantage of it.

“Obviously, there are many other leagues around the world that other South African players participate in. It would be nice if any international player came to Australia and participated.”

Warner is not alone in speaking out about de Kock’s political stance, and many have shared their views on it.

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

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma (right) said Tuesday was 'one of my most difficult days as captain' following De Kock's decision.

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma (right) said Tuesday was 'one of my most difficult days as captain' following De Kock's decision.

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma (right) said Tuesday was ‘one of my most difficult days as captain’ following De Kock’s decision.

West Indies captain Kieron Pollard, a teammate of De Kock’s IPL in the Mumbai Indians, did not appear to be aware of the day’s events, but said that kneeling was “ something we feel very much like. team and as a people, ” adding, “ We will continue to do so. Everyone has their own opinions on this. Education is the key ‘.

In the comment box, former Zimbabwe closer Pommie Mbangwa couldn’t hide his disappointment. “Excuse me for being a politician,” he said, “but I can’t shed my skin.”

Also commentator Daren Sammy, a former West Indies captain, was also shocked, saying: “There are other problems that affect the world, but I don’t understand why it is so difficult.”

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

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

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

Like former West Indies SUV Darren Sammy

Like former West Indies SUV 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 before Tuesday’s game against the West Indies.

‘The Board will await a new report from the team management before deciding on the next steps. All players are expected to follow this directive (get on their knees) during the remaining matches of the World Cup. ”

However, Cricket South Africa’s point of view was not met with the full support of all, as former England captain Michael Vaughan condemned his position.

“Surely it is up to the individual to decide if they want to participate in any movement,” he wrote on Twitter.

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

Former England captain Michael Vaughan supported De Kock after he did not play

Former England captain Michael Vaughan supported De Kock after he did not play

Former England captain Michael Vaughan supported De Kock after he did not play

Meanwhile, West Indies all-rounder Carlos Braithwaite could see that both sides of the discussion were calling it a “watershed moment.”

“I know Quinton de Kock quite well and have never felt bad blood or bad vibes,” he told the BBC.

“I am not in favor of forcing anyone to do something they do not want to do. But I also understand where Cricket South Africa is coming from, this is a watershed moment for the Black Lives Matter movement. ‘

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

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

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

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