South African squad to make anti-racism gesture before Boxing Day test starts

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South Africa will make an anti-racism gesture ahead of the first test against Sri Lanka.© AFP


The South African Test squad will make an anti-racism gesture when they play against Sri Lanka in the first Test starting Saturday. South Africa coach and former wicket-keeper-batsman Mark Boucher confirmed that the South African team has decided to voice their support for inclusion after the interim administration expressed concern about the team not taking a knee to show support for the Black Lives Matter. (BLM) movement. “We’ve had a lot of discussions since we got into the bubble about this, especially after what the board statement was and the guys came up with a meaningful gesture. The players will share that with everyone before match day,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Boucher as follows.

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In November, ahead of the series in England, South African players didn’t take a knee to the BLM move.

However, the Proteas team wore a black bracelet to show solidarity with the fight against gender-based violence and in memory of the victims of COVID-19.

South Africa’s governing body for cricket was disappointed that the party did not join other international teams such as New Zealand, the West Indies and England in their anti-racism stance.

“We appreciate that the board doesn’t want to force the team to do anything in any way, and that they like to let the team go through their process and come up with something meaningful for them,” said Boucher.

“We are happy to continue talking to them and discuss what they would like to discuss at a more appropriate time,” he added.

Earlier this year, 31 former and current Proteas cricketers had signed a letter expressing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and defining Lungi Ngidi’s position on the movement.

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After this, Cricket South Africa (CSA), the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee had reaffirmed their support for the BLM movement and its relevance in South Africa.

The first test between Sri Lanka and South Africa will be played from December 26 in Centurion, while the second game starts on January 3 in Johannesburg.

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