Proteas wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock has seen the folly of his ways and will take the knee.
De Kock refused to play on Tuesday in a T20 World Cup match against the West Indies after Cricket South Africa (CSA) sent a directive ordering all players to take the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
His refusal to play angered many people and De Kock was forced to apologise on Thursday.
“I would like to start by saying sorry to my teammates and the fans back home. I never ever wanted to make this a Quinton issue,” a statement from the player said.
“I understand the importance of standing against racism and l understand the responsibility of us as players to set an example. If taking the knee helps to educate others and makes the lives of others better, I am more than happy to do so. I did not, in any way, mean to disrespect anyone by not playing against the West Indies, especially the West Indian team themselves. I am deeply sorry for all the hurt, confusion and anger that I have caused. The rights and equality of all people is more important than any individual right.”