The choice raised eyebrows as the previous captain beforehand refused to participate within the anti-racism gesture.

South Africa’s former cricket captain Quinton de Kock opted out of South Africa’s Twenty20 World Cup match in opposition to the West Indies on Tuesday “for private causes” because the nation’s cricket board ordered gamers to take the knee forward of the sport.

Skipper Temba Bavuma mentioned de Kock made himself unavailable because of “private causes” of their essential Tremendous 12 match in Dubai.

The choice raised eyebrows as De Kock had beforehand refused to participate within the anti-racism gesture that has grow to be an everyday characteristic in most sporting occasions.

“The Cricket South Africa (CSA) Board on Monday night unanimously agreed to difficulty a directive requiring all Proteas gamers to undertake a constant and united stance in opposition to racism by ‘taking the knee’ previous to the beginning of their remaining World Cup matches,” mentioned a CSA assertion.

“Issues had been raised that the completely different postures taken by workforce members in assist of the BLM (Black Lives Matter) initiative created an unintended notion of disparity or lack of assist for the initiative. After contemplating all related points, together with the place of the gamers, the Board felt that it was crucial for the workforce to be seen taking a united and constant stand in opposition to racism, particularly given SA’s historical past.”

South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen takes the knee earlier than the match [Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters]

De Kock refused to take a knee in South Africa’s Check collection within the West Indies earlier this 12 months.

Eoin Morgan’s England took the knee together with the West Indies on day one of many ongoing World Cup and India and Pakistan adopted of their key conflict on Sunday.

The South Africans collaborating in Tuesday’s sport took the knee earlier than the beginning of the sport.

Earlier incidents

In August, South Africa assistant coach Enoch Nkwe resigned after obvious disagreements with under-pressure head coach Mark Boucher.

Nkwe’s resignation got here in opposition to a backdrop of widespread criticism of Boucher following revelations made at hearings into racism in South African cricket.

The criticism intensified when former Black gamers alleged they weren’t made to really feel welcome within the nationwide workforce surroundings through the interval during which Boucher was a distinguished member of the workforce.

Former spinner Paul Adams mentioned he was racially abused throughout conferences presided over by Boucher which put the highlight immediately on the present coach.