Cricket South Africa Board asks Proteas players to kneel down ahead of T20 World Cup matches

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Cricket South Africa Board asks Proteas players to kneel down ahead of T20 World Cup matches


Cricket South Africa has agreed to “take a united stand against racism”; a statement added: “Concerns have been expressed that the different positions taken by team members in support of the BLM initiative have created an unintended perception of disparity or lack of support for the BLM initiative. initiative ”

Last update: 10/26/21 11:45 am

Only some of the South African players got down on their knees ahead of their T20 World Cup match with Australia on Saturday

South African players have been asked to kneel down ahead of the start of their final T20 World Cup matches.

The Proteas, who face the West Indies in their Group 1 match on Tuesday, were pictured taking up different positions ahead of their loss to Australia on Saturday.

The board of directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA) unanimously agreed on Monday “to take a cohesive and united position against racism”.

CSA said in a statement: “Concerns have been expressed that the different positions taken by team members in support of the BLM initiative have created an unintended perception of disparity or lack of support for the initiative. the initiative.

“After considering all relevant issues, including the position of the players, the board felt it was imperative that the team be seen taking a united and cohesive stance against racism, especially given the history of SA. “

CSA Board Chairman Lawson Naidoo added: “A commitment to overcoming racism is the glue that should unite, bind and strengthen us.

“Race should not be manipulated to amplify our weaknesses. Diversity can and should be expressed in many facets of our daily lives, but not when it comes to taking a stand against racism.

“South Africans were recently joined by people from all over the world to celebrate the 90th birthday of our revered Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“What better tribute from the Proteas to an icon of the struggle for freedom in South Africa than to demonstrate that we are working to realize his vision of a united South Africa. “

South Africa made a change for the West Indies meeting from the loss in Australia, with Reeza Hendricks replacing Quinton de Kock, who CSA said “made himself unavailable for personal reasons.”

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