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Why South Africa won’t take knee in home series against England? Mark Boucher reveals

According to Boucher South African players, administrators had taken the knee during the '3TCricket' match.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: November 20, 2020 8:42:06 am
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Members of the South African cricket team reportedly won’t take the knee in their limited over series against England beginning on November 27 at Newlands.

According to Boucher the reason behind this stance is because the Proteas have already expressed their support towards the Black Lives Matter movement during the 3TC game in July.

Boucher reminded that South African players, administrators, including director of cricket Graeme Smith, had taken the knee while wearing black arm-bands with the BLM logo on it at the ‘3TCricket’ match in Centurion for the Solidarity Cup on July 12.

“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 (3TC) game,” Mark the former South African wicketkeeper was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“It’s not something that we have to continue to show. It’s something that you have to live… 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.”

Earlier, it was Ngidi who had spoken out and spearheaded South Africa’s response to the BLM movement and said that “racism is something that we need to take very seriously and like the rest of the world is doing, make the stand.”

However, he received flak for his comments with former international cricketers Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar saying that Ngidi should also speak up against attacks on white farmers in South Africa.

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“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,” Boucher remarked.

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