West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard said South Africa’s star drummer Quinton de Kock’s decision to withdraw from Tuesday’s T20 World Cup match after refusing to kneel for the “Black Lives Matter” movement was “news” to him and urged people not to speculate on development. He said personally and as a team that they feel “strongly” about the movement and will continue to do their part to end racism. Pollard’s comments came after Cricket South Africa on Tuesday issued a directive for its players to kneel down in support of the BLM movement ahead of their game against the West Indies, a move that was not welcomed by De Kock, who in the past had expressed reluctance to make the gesture.
“For me, personally, I don’t know of any player who didn’t want to take it (take the knee). I’m not aware of it. So it’s kind of news for us or for me,” Pollard said. . said after suffering an eight-wicket loss to South Africa, their second in a row in the Super 12 stage.
“You know our thoughts on this issue. This is something that is close to our hearts as a team and as individuals as well and we will continue to do so.
“Everyone has their own opinion on this, but like I’ve always said, once you’re educated and understand, we’ll understand why you’re doing it, but I think education is sort of the key. , and we don’t I don’t want anyone to do it for us in solitude or have mercy on us. “
When asked if this development would affect his personal relationship with De Kock, as the two are Mumbai Indian teammates in the IPL, Pollard refused to “speculate” before getting into the truth.
“Like I said before, all I hear is what happened. I don’t know the truth and the fact of the real issue.” I can’t just take this and have it. a response or speculation in terms of relationship and all that. It’s getting too deep right now, ”he said.
“Yes he was my Mumbai Indian teammate, we played cricket together. That’s where the money ends for everything else. Everything else is just speculation. will come after. Give me a chance to digest. “
The reigning champions slipped to the bottom of the Group 1 points table in Super 12 after suffering back-to-back losses.
“I thought we left around 20-25 points there when we hit, and that could have made a difference in how we finished,” Pollard said.
“I also think that my dismissal on the last round was crucial because we knew they had a recovery to catch up and I was betting on that,” he said.
Urging a failing West Indies batting unit to step up, he said, “We have to dig deeper as a team. We have to dig deeper as a batting unit. We have to come out and hold our heads up and try to play a ball. good game of cricket.
“We put ourselves in a position where, from a race rate point of view, it’s pretty low, and from a winning percentage point of view, we haven’t won a single game. So we have to win the next three. matches, ”he concluded.
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