Dubai: South Africa starter and wicketkeeper-hitter Quinton de Kock has apologized for what he did in the game against the West Indies. He had refused to kneel in the match against the Caribbean team. This caused him to withdraw his name from the game XI just before the start of the match. But now Decock is ashamed of his actions and has apologized to his teammates and cricket fans. (Quinton de Kock apologizes, will kneel, Black Lives Matter)
In fact, before the game against the West Indies, Cricket South Africa had suggested that all players should kneel before each game. Quinton de Kock refused to follow the instructions on his cricket board and decided to withdraw from the match. But now he has apologized for his actions and is on his knees before the cricket board. “I would be glad if the players would get down on their knees to spread awareness and life for blacks would improve,” Decock said.
“I apologize to my teammates and South African cricket fans,” Decock said in a statement issued by the South African Cricket Board. I didn’t want to leave that point. There is nothing more important to me than playing cricket for South Africa and this country. I want to play cricket again for my country. I want to win the World Cup. I know my responsibilities as a player. I also know what it means to stand against racism. I would not be happier if people educated themselves by sitting on my knees.
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– Cricket South Africa (fficOfficialCSA) October 28, 2021
Threat to an international career averted
According to previous press reports, the South African Cricket Board was outraged when Decock refused to sit on his knees. Furthermore, the cricket board was preparing for a major crackdown, which could overshadow Decock’s international career. But now that the left-arm goalkeeper has been pardoned, the threat to his international career has been averted. South Africa won the match against the West Indies without Decock. Now, in the Super 12 matches, South Africa will be seen playing with Decock.