South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock has agreed to kneel to support Black Lives Matter. Along with this, he has also apologized to fellow players and fans for his behavior against West Indies. De Kock refused to support racism by kneeling against the Caribbean team in the T20 World Cup 2021 and was not a part of the team in that match. After which it was believed that Cricket South Africa can take strict action against him.
De Kock issued a statement saying, ‘I would like to start by saying sorry to my fellow players and fans first. I never wanted to make it a Quinton issue. I know the importance of standing up to racism and also understand that as sportspersons it is our responsibility to set an example. If sitting on my knee makes people aware and makes their lives better, then I am ready to do it happily. Significantly, a day before the match against the West Indies, Cricket South Africa issued a statement saying, ‘We have unanimously agreed to issue a directive that before the start of the match, all players against apartheid on the field. It is related to kneeling.
It was earlier said that De Kock had withdrawn from the match due to personal reasons, but later CSA issued a statement giving information about De Kock’s decision. However, South Africa team captain Teba Bavuma appealed to respect De Kock’s decision. He had said, ‘We as a team are shocked and shocked by this news. Quinton is a big player for the team, not only with the bat but also from the point of view of being a senior player. This is obviously something I was not expecting.