Proteas to continue taking the knee against Netherlands, India

The Proteas will continue to kneel before matches during the next home summer season, according to Cricket South Africa. At the recently concluded T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, the Proteas’ decision to take a knee sparked national outrage. On the eve of the West Indies group game, the board delivered the news to the players in such a way that wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock was forced to miss the game. Despite not making it to the semi-finals, the Proteas group took the knee for the remainder of the competition and did not lose a game. Following a meeting between a CSA board delegation, Proteas squad captains, and management, it was agreed that the gesture would be continued for the upcoming season, with all parties completely supportive.

“The Board had clarified that the Proteas should continue to take the knee for the remainder of the season as a contribution to the global sports endeavour to demonstrate its commitment to eradicating racism and all kinds of prejudice,” a statement released on Wednesday evening read.

“We are glad that we had the opportunity to engage with the captains and that this has now been embraced as a matter of principle,” said Lawson Naidoo, CSA board chair.

“The gesture is a significant step in establishing an unequivocal desire to end discrimination in sports and society,” he said, adding that South African athletes should lead the way.

The Proteas begin a three-match ODI series against the Netherlands on Friday. From December through the end of January, India will play three Tests, three ODIs, and four T20s in the country.

With Lungi Ngidi and Lizaad Williams both ruled out of the three-match ODI series against the Netherlands, the Proteas have suffered a double blow to their fast bowling stocks. Williams is sidelined with an intercostal muscle strain, while Ngidi has tested positive for Covid-19. Williams will be evaluated more in the coming days, although he is unlikely to appear in the series. On Friday, the inaugural One-Day International (ODI) will be played at SuperSport Park. Junior Dala was brought in as a replacement to reinforce the squad, according to a statement made by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Wednesday, adding that Ngidi was in “excellent spirits.”

“He is in good health and is following Cricket South Africa’s Covid-19 guidelines in accordance with government rules. To safeguard his physical and mental well-being, the Proteas medical staff will maintain in touch with him “, according to the statement,