- Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi came under fire after calling for the team to rally behind the Black Lives Matter movement
- Former Proteas players Rudi Steyn, Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar slammed Ngidi and insisted that all lives matter
- However, Ngidi has now received the support of 31 black Proteas players, who have united to try to stamp racism out of the sport
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Briefly.co.za previously reported that Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi recently called on the team to unite and show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
In response, former cricketers Rudi Steyn, Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar heavily criticised Ngidi and highlighted the number of farm murders this year.
South Africans took to social media to rally behind Ngidi and disagreed with the sentiments of the ex-Proteas.
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The former players took a stance that all lives matter and urged Ngidi to consider the number of farm murders that have taken place.
However, Ngidi has now received strong support from Cricket South Africa and a group of 31 black former Proteas and five senior coaches.
The group includes heroes, such as Paul Adams, Herschelle Gibbs, JP Duminy, Makhaya Ntini, Vernon Philander and Ashwell Prince.
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The group issued a strong statement in support of Ngidi: "We note the criticism aimed at Lungi for expressing his views – and we hope that Cricket South Africa (CSA), together with fellow cricketers – both present and past – will come out strongly in support of BLM.
"We note too that the most outspoken criticism directed at Ngidi has come via former players such as Pat Symcox, Boeta Dippenaar, Rudi Steyn, Brian McMillan and others, and we urge that their views be challenged. We are not surprised at their comments.
"Given South Africa’s well-known past, black cricketers have borne the brunt of subtle and overt racist behaviour for many years, including from some colleagues. Consequently, there is a need to understand how white privilege feeds into the perpetuation of these old attitudes and assumptions."
The players are determined to tackle the issue of racism in the sport to ensure that future generations aren't adversely affected.
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