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T20 World Cup: On return, Quinton de Kock takes the knee before SA vs SL match

Alongside the senior player, who returned to the playing XI for the Super 12 game against Sri Lanka, his South African teammates and the on-field umpires were also seen taking the knee, in support of the 'Black Lives Matter' (BLM) movement.

October 30, 2021 / 09:34 PM IST
File image of Quinton de Kock

File image of Quinton de Kock

South African opener Quinton de Kock on Saturday took the knee before his team's T20 World Cup match against Sri Lanka here, having pulled out of the side's last game after refusing to perform the gesture.

Alongside the senior player, who returned to the playing XI for the Super 12 game against Sri Lanka, his South African teammates and the on-field umpires were also seen taking the knee, in support of the 'Black Lives Matter' (BLM) movement.

A huge controversy had erupted hours before South Africa's game against West Indies on Tuesday after Cricket South Africa (CSA) issued a sudden directive that all the players must take the knee before every match of the ongoing tournament.

De Kock did not wish to comply and chose to pull out of the clash against the defending champions, which the Proteas won by eight wickets.