Written by Staff Writer, CNN
The International Cricket Council has expressed disappointment after South African cricketer Quinton de Kock refused to take a knee at a match against Sri Lanka because of “national pride.”
De Kock, 22, refused to take his left hand off his own chest during the game in which he hit a century on Saturday.
However, after the game, South Africa’s cricketers were keen to distance themselves from the decision.
“If somebody stood up and did something about that, you may have a different set of people,” said captain Faf du Plessis.
“That’s the story of the first game.
“I want us to stand up against racism but we have to do it the right way.”
He added that those comments from other players do not “reflect the true attitude” of the team.
At the 2020 T20 World Cup, set to be held in England and Wales from June, South Africa hopes to make amends for a hugely controversial incident before that tournament.
Auld Rules are dead
The Cape Town incident comes just a few weeks after “Old Rules” on a cricket field in the UK were deemed racist.
A 17-year-old batsman was told by England’s Cricket Association not to stand up while being bowled, after a social media hashtag suggested he had been struck with a bouncer.
“We don’t need racism in sport. Let’s put it to bed now,” said an unrepentant Prince Harry in support of the youngster.
Racism remains a recurring issue in South Africa.
Just last year, four black athletes — including South Africa’s ‘bula king’ — were found guilty of insulting a white referee in a minor league football match, the High Court of Mauritius said.
World Cup warm-up
In November, De Kock told CNN International how the current generation of South African cricketers feel they have a chance to make a difference.