West Indies captain Kieron Pollard said that South Africa’s star wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock’s decision to pull out of Tuesday’s T20 World Cup game after refusing to take a knee for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement was “for him”. news” and urged people not to speculate on the development. He said individually and as a team they feel “strongly” about the movement and will continue to do their bit to end racism. Pollard’s remarks came after Cricket South Africa on Tuesday issued instructions to its players to take a knee in support of the BLM movement ahead of their match against the West Indies, a decision that did not go down well with de Kock, who has hinted at the past. expressed his reluctance to do so.
Pollard said, “For me, personally, I don’t know of any player who doesn’t want to take it (kneeling). I’m not aware of that. So it’s kind of news for us or for me.” ” They have a second consecutive position in the Super 12 stage after losing to South Africa by eight wickets.
“You guys know our views on this matter. It’s something that we feel strongly about as a team and also as people and we will continue to do it.”
“Everyone has their own opinion on this, but as I’ve always said, once you’re educated and you understand, we’ll understand why you’re doing this, but I think the importance of education. The key is, and we don’t want anyone to do this to us in solitude or to feel sorry for us.”
Asked whether the developments would affect his personal relationship with de Kock as the two are Mumbai Indians teammates in the IPL, Pollard refused to “speculate” before the truth of the matter came to light.
“Like I said before, I’m hearing what happened. I don’t know the truth and facts of the actual matter.” I just can’t take it and answer or speculate in terms of the relationship and all that. It’s getting very deep at the moment,” he said.
“Yes, he’s been my teammate at Mumbai Indians, we’ve played cricket together. It’s where everything else stops. Everything else is speculation. Let’s see what happens after that. I can’t digest it.” get the opportunity.”
After suffering two consecutive defeats, the defending champions slipped to the bottom of the Group 1 points table in the Super 12.
Pollard said, “I thought when we batted we got around 20-25 runs there, and that could have made a difference in how we ended up.”
“I also believe that getting out in the last over was important because we knew he had to score an over and I was counting on him,” he added.
Urging the faltering West Indies batting unit to move on, he said, “We have to dig deeper as a team. We have to dig deeper as a batting unit. We have to come out and put our heads up and Have to try to play well.The game of cricket.
“We’ve put ourselves in a position where it’s pretty low from a run rate perspective, and we haven’t won a game in terms of win percentage. So we have to win the next three games,” he said.
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