- The Proteas will not kneel in a show of solidarity to the Black Lives Matter movement in their upcoming match against England
- Instead, the team will wear arms bands in support of President Cyril Ramaphosa's calls for the country to enter a period of mourning
- The upcoming match will be the first outing for the national team since March
South Africa's national cricket team, the Proteas, are refusing to 'take a knee' in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
Team Director Mark Boucher has confirmed this ahead of the match against England scheduled for Friday 27 November.
Instead, the team will be wearing black armbands in reaction to President Cyril Ramaphosa's request that South Africa enter a period of mourning for victims of gender-based violence and Covid-19 according to The South African.
“I have spoken to the guy (Lungi Ngidi) who was driving the whole movement within our set-up, he is pretty happy that we have done what we needed to do, in particular at that game,” Boucher said
“There are a couple of other issues that our president has raised going forward with regards to gender-based violence and the victims of Covid19. We are going to be addressing this with the team so if there is a black armband to wear, we will probably be wearing it because of the president’s call.”
Boucher has reaffirmed the team's rejection of racism and will always focus on their core values.
“It’s an ongoing thing for us,” Boucher said. “It’s not something that we have to continue to show. It’s something that you have to live. That is exactly what we are trying to doing our dressing room at the moment with a big squad. If guys who brought it up are happy with it, that’s great, but if they feel we have to do more, that will be a chat and that they are open to express their opinions. Our new value system is about respect, empathy and belonging and all of those lead to an environment where guys feel free to talk about these hard issues. They’ve got the support and respect and empathy from every other player.”
The match against England will be the first outing for South Africa since they were recalled early from their tour of India as the country entered lockdown.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that South African cricketer Kagiso Rabada has been awarded the Purple Cap from the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 25-year-old plays for the Delhi Capitals and received the cap for the efforts in his team for the 2020 campaign.
The Purple Cap is awarded to the season's leading wicket-taker in the tournament. Rabada is at the top of the pack with 30 wickets taken. This is just three more wickets than Jasprit Bumrah of the Mumbai Indians.
Rabada took the 30 wickets in a mere 17 matches, thus setting a record for Delhi Capitals in the process.
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