The Quinton de Kock saga has taken another turn as the cricketer on Thursday came out with an apology for his teammates and fans. It was only 2 days ago when the South African had made himself available for the encounter against West Indies citing “personal reasons.” Even when his team won the match, it was the action or rather the lack of it from de Kock that remained the point of interest for the days to come.
According to sources of Cricbuzz, it was believed that de Kock had some personal differences with the South African cricket board regarding taking a stance in the favor of the BLM movement. After this several pictures from the match against Australia started getting viral on social media, in which while his teammates opted for one gesture or the other to support the social cause, de Kock was seen standing casually. Also, his similar approach was highlighted from South Africa’s tour of the West Indies where he refused to take a knee as well. His recent actions and unavailability caused a lot of stirs, and people started speculating if this was the end of his career in the Protea’s colors.
Quinton de Kock statement 📝 pic.twitter.com/Vtje9yUCO6
— Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) October 28, 2021
That is exactly when Cricket South Africa’s official handle shared de Kock’s statement on their official Twitter handle. In it, the opener said, “I would like to start by saying sorry to my teammates and the fans back home. I never wanted to make this a Quinton issue. I understand the importance of standing against racism and I also understand the responsibility of us as players to set an example.” The statement further read that de Kock believes that if his gesture can educate others and make their lives better then he’s “happy to do so.”
This will be a huge boost for the South African side, as although they won the match against West Indies, their replacement wicketkeeper Klaasen looked a little uncomfortable behind the sticks. With some big matches to come in the near future, South Africa will be happy to have Quinton back. They play their next game against Sri Lanka on Saturday in Sharjah.