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“We respect his decision”: Temba Bavuma on Quinton de Kock’s refusal to kneel

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South Africa captain Temba Bavuma said on Tuesday that receiving instructions to kneel hours before the start of the T20 World Cup match against West Indies was “not ideal” and promised to be there for Quinton de Kock, who chose to order. Instead of obeying, withdraw from the game. A former captain in all three formats of the game, de Kock refused to participate in a gesture supporting the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement moments before the toss.

“Quinton is an adult. He is a man in his shoes. We respect his decision. We respect his commitment,” Bavuma, South Africa’s first black cricket captain, told the media after beating the defending champions by eight. We do.” Wicket.

Extending full support to the wicketkeeper-batsman, the captain said, “As far as we stand, Quinton is still one of the players. He is still one of the boys, so whatever support he needs, which Even if he needs a shoulder from his teammates, we will be there for him.”

“If there is a need to have further talks, I am sure they will certainly be between the people.”

Cricket South Africa on Monday evening unanimously agreed to issue a directive requiring the Proteas to take a coherent and united stand against racism by taking a knee before the start of their remaining World Cup matches.

The instructions from the board came this morning and a meeting was called between some of the team members when the players were to travel to Dubai, Bavuma said, giving a timeline of events.

“I think the trip was about one and a half to two hours. I think that’s where Quinton made his decision. We found out – when we went to the changing room I got to know as the captain.”

Bavuma said it was not ideal to receive instructions just before the match, but admitted that there was never going to be an ideal time.

“It was definitely not ideal. But I think in any case, we have to deal with it as players, whether the instructions come this morning, whether it comes last night. I think we have to deal with it. Players. , “They said.

“Obviously as a team we are shocked and shocked by this news. Quinton is a big player not only with the bat but for the team. But the role he plays is from a senior point of view and an experience point of view. , and not having that for me as a captain was clearly something I wasn’t expecting.”

The star wicketkeeper-batsman had earlier also made it clear that the gesture should be a personal choice. They have mostly opted to stand with their hands bent behind their backs, whereas in the past various gestures were adopted.

Asked whether he would look for a replacement if de Kock continues the no-knee stand, Bavuma said: “I don’t know how far it’s going to develop. I mean, the decision he made It is only today, so all I can do is speak about what happened today. It will not be my decision whether to replace Quinton or take any option. It will be the call of the coach and the selectors.”

Despite this setback, South Africa registered their first Super 12 win. He restricted the defending champions to 143/8 and then went to canter home with 10 balls to spare on solid batting performances from Aidan Markram and Rassie van der Dussen.

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“I think we have to focus on the team as much as we can, especially regarding matters on the field. I think we will lose a lot of energy as players if we start giving 100 percent to everything. Let’s say, I guess, the team is being discussed outside. At the end of the day I think you guys are going to judge us by how well we bowl and how well we hit the ball. That’s what you’re going to judge us for at the end of the day,” he concluded.

South Africa will next face Sri Lanka on Saturday.

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