De Kock misses South Africa T20 World Cup win after refusing to take knee

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  • Player withdraws from game after team directive was issued
  • Temba Bavuma says team ‘taken aback’ but ‘respect decision’

Hours after South African cricket was rocked when Quinton de Kock withdrew from their Twenty20 World Cup match against West Indies after refusing to take a knee, Temba Bavuma was a picture of grace, calm and maturity.

Bavuma stopped short of saying he and his teammates were upset with De Kock, but addressed the issue head on. “With freedom of choice, as much as we decide what you want to do, we can’t escape the consequences of the choices and decisions that we make,” the South Africa captain said.

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Written by Anand Vasu at Dubai International Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/oct/26/cricket-quinton-de-kock-misses-t20-world-cup-game-south-africa-players-told-take-knee under the title “De Kock misses South Africa T20 World Cup win after refusing to take knee”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.