Quinton de Kock has apologised for pulling out of Tuesday’s T20 World Cup match in opposition to the West Indies after rejecting a Cricket South Africa (CSA) directive that gamers should “take a knee” in help of the Black Lives Matter motion earlier than the sport.
De Kock, who has revealed he has combined race household, stated he meant no disrespect and “would love nothing more than to play cricket for my country again” in an announcement launched by way of CSA on Thursday.
“I understand the importance of standing against racism, and I also understand the responsibility of us as players to set an example,” De Kock stated.
“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 didn’t, in any approach, imply to disrespect anybody. I am deeply sorry for all of the harm, confusion and anger that I’ve brought about.”
De Kock says his change of heart came after the players had a meeting with the CSA board on Wednesday evening.
“I used to be raised to know that all of us have rights, and they’re essential. I felt like my rights had been taken away once I was informed what we needed to do in the way in which that we had been informed.
“Since our chat with the board, which was very emotional, I think we all have a better understanding of their intentions. I wish this had happened sooner, because what happened on match day could have been avoided.”
De Kock additionally revealed for the primary time that he’s from a combined race household.
“My half-sisters are Coloured and my step mum is Black. For me, Black lives have mattered since I was born. Not just because there was an international movement.”
The wicketkeeper-batsman hopes to return to the workforce for Saturday’s third group sport in opposition to Sri Lanka.
“I love every one of my teammates, and I love nothing more than playing cricket for South Africa. I just want to thank my teammates for their support, especially my captain, Temba Bavuma.
“If he and the workforce, and South Africa, could have me, I’d love nothing greater than to play cricket for my nation once more.”
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