South African cricketer Quinton De Kock has been dropped ahead of their game against West Indies. The decision was made after he refused to bend the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
South Africa has made it mandatory for the players to take the knee right through the World Cup. This will be a major setback for South Africa ahead of their game with Indies.
Bending the knee has become a global trend in sports as the world fights against racism. While others decided to follow with gesture, De Kock decided to just stand with his hands on his back, thus going against the directive.
Cricket South Africa had said it is important for the team to show a united and consistent stand against racism. The players are expected either to kneel, stand at attention or raise their fist in solidarity with the BLM movement.
South Africa is currently partaking in the Super 12 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The tournament is being hosted in the Middle East, in Oman and the United Arab Emirates.
Other countries represented are India, Pakistan, New Zealand, England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Namibia, West Indies, Scotland, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.