Quinton de Kock did not play in South Africa’s T20 World Cup game against the West Indies after refusing to take the knee
The directive that all members of the South Africa tournament party take the knee in unified support of Black Lives Matter came from their board on Monday evening.
However, despite reports to the contrary, de Kock has not been banished from the current squad and instead was locked in meetings throughout Wednesday as the player and the management tried to find a solution to the impasse.
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Cricket South Africa, mindful of their country’s history where issues of race are concerned, are clearly keen for the team to be united in an anti-racist message, but forcing players to do so has not worked.
They have forced the team to contain a certain number of black players with a quota system that has split the game many times over and is still a hotly debated topic.
But with a black captain in the shape of Temba Bavuma, the fact that one of their players won’t take the knee when, for example, every player from England and Bangladesh did so before their game on Wednesday is a source of embarrassment.
De Kock is expected to release a statement in due course explaining his reasons for refusing to take the knee, but whether he will be able to play again in the tournament is still up in the air.
On the field, Jason Roy powered England to their second World Cup win out of two with a fifty in his fiftieth international T20 match.
But skipper Eoin Morgan was full of praise for his bowlers once again who set the game up by restricting Bangladesh to just 124-9 in the eight wicket walloping.
Chris Woakes sent down four overs for just 12 miserly runs, while Tymal Mills picked up 3-27 showing the full range of his skills.
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“The bowlers have started the tournament exceptionally well,” said Morgan. “They’ve adapted really well again for the second time.
“They were very disciplined with their lines and their lengths and were backed up with good catching and ground fielding. It’s a huge compliment to how far our white-ball cricket in general has come along.
“A lot of players involved were a part of the 2019 World Cup success and that’s lent itself to T20 cricket as well.”
Roy was the batting heartbeat of England’s 2019 success, and he has got himself up and running in the T20 version too with 61 from 38 balls.
“It’s nice for Jason to get some time at the wicket,” added Morgan. “The way Jason plays is so imposing, it makes it difficult to set fields, so it is great to see him in good touch.”
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