Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock issued a statement on Thursday – written by the man himself and thankfully not in lawyer-speak – in which he said “sorry” to his team-mates following his shock withdrawal on the eve of Tuesday’s T20 World Cup clash against the West Indies.
Predictably messages of support flooded in for 28-year-old De Kock who is now expected to be part of the Proteas’ next match against Sri Lanka on Saturday, 30 October.
De Kock’s decision to pull out came hot on the heels of Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) extraordinary ruling to force ALL Proteas players to ‘take the knee’ ahead of T20 World Cup matches.
CSA would like everyone believe according to their statement that “taking a united stance against racism is a moral issue, not a political issue.”
The governing body somewhat bafflingly had said nothing ahead of Proteas’ opening match against Australia and didn’t feel the need to address the situation ahead of the tournament.
CSA also claimed at the time of their directive that: “Several other teams at the (T20) World Cup have adopted a consistent stance against the issue, and the Board felt it is time for all SA players to do the same.
“‘Taking the knee’ is the global gesture against racism adopted by sportspeople across sporting codes because they recognise the power sport has to bring people together.”
Has CSA even bothered to note that in the world’s biggest football leagues it’s not a rule to do so by players?
Same with Formula One.
Has a PGA Tour or ATP/WTA Tour professional ever done so?
Namibia didn’t even bother to do so as a team in the very same T20 World Cup tournament CSA was referring to. Nor did Pakistan.
Why make this an issue now, CSA? Your timing is appalling.
Do you not recall the Proteas’ dismal track record (read: choking) in major tournaments?
Did you really feel mere hours ahead of the second match – following an opening defeat – was the perfect time to issue this new directive – that lawyers suggest would never hold up in court?
Baffling and puzzling in equal measure.
We await your sincere apology, CSA.