Quinton de Kock: South African says he is ‘more than happy’ to take a knee and insists he is ‘not a racist’ | Cricket News

Quinton de Kock withdrew from South Africa’s T20 World Cup game against West Indies on Tuesday after refusing to take a knee; however, former captain says he is now “more than happy to do so”; De Kock also apologised for the “hurt, confusion and anger that I have caused”

Last Updated: 28/10/21 8:47am

Quinton de Kock says he is “more than happy” to take a knee and has insisted he is “not a racist” two days after missing South Africa’s T20 World Cup game against the West Indies for refusing to make the gesture.

De Kock’s decision to withdraw from the game on Tuesday came after Cricket South Africa (CSA) told its players they must take a knee before the rest of their T20 World Cup matches after they took varying stances ahead of their opening game against Australia on Saturday.

CSA said its board had unanimously agreed on Monday to “adopt a consistent and united stance against racism” after concerns had been raised that different postures taken by team members in support of the Black Lives Matter initiative had “created an unintended perception of disparity or lack of support for the initiative”.

But in a statement released on Thursday, De Kock said: “I would like to start by saying sorry to my team-mates and the fans back home. I never wanted to make this a Quinton issue.

“I understand the importance of standing against racism, and I also understand the responsibility of us as players to set an example. If me taking a knee helps to educate others, and makes the lives of others better, I am more than happy to do so.

“I did not, in any way, mean to disrespect anyone by not playing against West Indies, especially the West Indian team themselves. Maybe some people don’t understand that we were just hit with this on Tuesday morning, on the way to a game.

“I am deeply sorry for all the hurt, confusion and anger that I have caused.”

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