Wiaan Mulder (L), Aiden Markram (C), Dean Elgar (R) (Photo courtesy of Randy Brooks / AFP)
- In the first test with the West Indies in Saint Lucia, some Proteas players knelt down to observe Black Lives Matter’s movements.
- Images from the ground showed Kagiso Rabada and Lassie van der Dassen kneeling and captain Dean Elgar raising his fist.
- This was the first time a South African men’s national team knelt in an international match.
Several kneeling Proteas players responded positively at the start of the first tests in South Africa and the West Indies at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia.
Images taken from the ground show Kagiso Rabada, Lassie van der Dassen, Keegan Petersen, Kyle Veraine, Lungi Ngidi, Keshav Maharaj kneeling, Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Wian Malder and Henrich Norche raised their fists.
Wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock was observing Black Lives Matter in a variety of ways, as Captain Elgar said at a pre-match press conference Wednesday.
Kagiso Rabada (AFP)
“We have given the players the right to make the gestures they want, as long as they can handle their knees comfortably,” Elgar told reporters Wednesday.
“If players want to make the gesture we had before to raise their right fist, they also have the right to do it.
“Even if the player is uncomfortable, care must be taken to respect the ongoing campaign.”
This was the first time South Africa had been aggressively kneeling in an international cricket match.
Lassie van der Dassen (AFP)
When hosting England in the Limited Overseries in November 2020, they wore black armbands to honor victims of gender-based violence and those who lost their lives in Covid-19.
They raised their fists on the Boxing Day test when they hosted Sri Lanka for two tests, Boxing Day and New Year.
Last December, the Cricket South Africa Interim Board expressed concern that the men’s national team would not kneel to observe the BLM.
Earlier this year, Professor Andre Odendar, a member of the CSA’s interim board, said he was disappointed that Protea did not kneel.
“I was a little disappointed that our team knelt down. At that time we explained that. We talked about it before the British arrived and supported kneeling. The chairman wrote to the team and cricket directors, “said Odendar.
“The answer was that the team supported a position against racism, which was in the process of linking and discussing these issues before the season. They would join as a group with a different approach. I made it.
“The Board considered it most appropriate, considering the strength of BLM, the kneeling behavior of the world, and our history, while maintaining its unique position. It is our Board. It wasn’t something as. The order should be made. “
Several proteas kneel and skipper Dean Elgar raises his fist against the West Indies
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