There is also a belief that de Kocks despite being linked to CSA’s decision in March to deprive him of captaincy across all three formats. There was an expectation that de Kock would remain at the helm of the white ball teams, but chief pick Victor Mpitsang said he had not been fired but that there was an agreement that he should step down from the leadership.
South African journalist Lungani Zama supported de Kock on Wednesday.
“I would qualify it by saying Quinton de Kock, if you ask me if he is racist or against Black Lives Matter, I will unequivocally say no because I know him personally,” Zama said on SEN.
“I know the work he has done to improve the lives and experiences of black players and black people around him for years, long before Black Lives Matter was a trend on social media.
“I think because their constitutional rights were taken from them, it was an instruction from the boss when it had not been discussed before.
“Besides that, from my conversations with him before, he sees it as a symbolic gesture that has been diluted to almost nothing. It’s something you have to do to be seen to do the right thing.”
CA diversity and inclusion chief Rana Hussain said the governing body would not order players to do something they were not comfortable with, an attitude backed by David Warner.
“Our approach is absolutely that our athletes have the freedom to make their own choices,” Hussain said Herald and Aging. “Personally, I think it’s really important.
“From a Cricket Australia point of view, we encourage our athletes to have a voice and make the choices they want.
“The conversation about power or not, is really just missing the point. That’s how we engage in the conversation itself and push for a more progressive and safe place for everyone in sports.”
Malcolm Speed, a former head of the ICC and Cricket Australia, is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, but was critical of the CSA for imposing on players a commitment to support a moral issue.
“Whether it’s right or wrong, there will be a lot of comments about it, but my personal position is no that cricket boards should not be able to go that far and direct players on ethical and moral issues,” Speed said. On SEN.
“And if we think about other ethical / moral issues like sexism and homophobia, you can make a list of other issues like that, if we start telling the players that it’s the attitude you have to take on these issues that also takes it’s a step far in my opinion. “