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De Kock issues apology, says he’ll take a knee in future

Quinton de Kock has apologised for pulling out of South Africa’s men’s Twenty20 World Cup match against West Indies after rejecting a Cricket South Africa directive that players must “take a knee” in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

De Kock said he was committed to “taking a knee” in future.

He said he meant “no disrespect” and “would love nothing more than to play cricket for my country again”.

“I understand the importance of standing against racism, and I also understand the responsibility of us as players to set an example,” he said in a statement.

“If me taking a knee helps to educate others, and makes the lives of others better, I am more than happy to do so.

“I did not, in any way, mean to disrespect anyone by not playing against West Indies, especially the West Indian team themselves.

“Maybe some people don’t understand that we were just hit with this on Tuesday morning, on the way to a game.

“I am deeply sorry for all the hurt, confusion and anger that I have caused.”

More to come.

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