Quinton De Kock Not Playing Today: West Indies and South Africa faced on Tuesday, 26 October, in the Group of Death of T20 World Cup 2021. In this match, South Africa made a change in their team. Quinton de Kock left for personal reasons and was replaced by Reza Hendricks. South Africa won the match easily.
Quinton De Kock Not Playing Today
But during the match and even after this, more discussion is being done on Quinton de Kock’s reasons than this defeat. He is not taking a stand on racial discrimination along with the team, and that is why he decided to keep himself out of this match. And now, his decision seems to be taking a toll on Quinton’s international career.
In the T20 World Cup 2021, almost all the teams are taking a stand against racial discrimination before the match starts. Players of all teams are either sitting on their knees or raising their fists to support Black Lives Matter. The Indian team has also done this in their match, and other teams are also doing it.
But Quinton de Kock did not do so in South Africa’s first match against Australia. When the rest of the players were seen in support of Black Lives Matter, Quinton was standing with his hands on his waist. Let us tell you; he has kept himself out of this movement in the past as well.
What is the decision of the board?
CSA (Cricket South Africa) has issued a press release on this matter. In the release, he said,
‘As per the CSA order on Monday morning, all players have to kneel to take a united and consistent stand on racism. This is a global action against racism. All sportspersons have adopted this because they know the power of sports to unite people.
Talking about Quinton de Kock decision, the release read.
“After discussing all the important issues, including the players’ freedom of choice, the Board has made it clear that the team needs to take a stand against racism, especially given the history of South Africa.” The Board’s view was that diversity could find expression in many aspects of daily life, but this does not apply to taking a stand against racism.
The board will wait for the team management’s report before taking any decision on Quinton de Kock. All players are expected to follow this instruction for the remainder of the World Cup.
🇿🇦 Cricket South Africa (CSA) has noted the personal decision by South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock not to “take the knee” ahead of Tuesday’s game against the West Indies.
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 26, 2021
What happened in the match?
Talking about the match, South Africa won the toss and decided to bowl first. The pair of Avon Lewis and Lendl Simmons had landed to open for the West Indies. Both shared a 73-run partnership for the first wicket. Evan Lewis was dismissed after scoring 56 runs. Niklas Pooran and Chris Gayle could not do much for the team. 26 runs came off the bat of captain Kieran Pollard. The team could only score 143 runs in 20 overs.
Taking a target of 144 runs for victory, South Africa got the first blow due to the run out of captain Temba Bavuma. However, after that, there was a good partnership between Reza Hendricks and Russi van der Dussen. Aidan Markram, who landed at number four, played an innings of 51 runs in 26 balls to victory the team in 18.2 overs.
Let us inform you that the next match of West Indies will now be against Bangladesh on 29 October. On the other hand, South Africa will play Sri Lanka on 30 October.