Quinton de Kock refused to play in a T20 World Cup sport towards the West Indies on Tuesday in protest after Cricket South Africa ordered its gamers to take a knee earlier than matches in help of the Black Lives Matter motion.

CSA issued a press release about an hour earlier than the beginning of the match in Dubai saying it had ordered gamers to make the anti-racism gesture forward of their remaining video games on the event.

The most damaging revelation on the hearings got here when former spin bowler Paul Adams mentioned he was repeatedly racially abused in the course of the late Nineteen Nineties in a tune sung by white teammates, together with Mark Boucher, who’s now the nationwide workforce coach and in cost on the World Cup.

Boucher has since issued an apology, saying he did not notice on the time that the tune prompted offense.

CSA mentioned its board “unanimously agreed” to pressure gamers to take a knee after a gathering on Monday, including it additionally thought of “the position of the players” earlier than making the choice. The group was pushed into motion after seeing different groups, like England and the West Indies, take a knee in a unified place, it mentioned.

“The board felt it was imperative for the team to be seen taking a united and consistent stand against racism, especially given (South Africa’s) history,” CSA mentioned. “Several other teams at the World Cup have adopted a consistent stance against the issue, and the board felt it is time for all (South African) players to do the same.”

But there was opposition to it being compelled.

Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan wrote on Twitter: “Surely it’s down to the individual to decide whether he or she wants to be involved in any movement.”