Mon, 18 Jan 2021

Despite the Proteas not taking a knee ahead of the England series, fast bowler Kagiso Rabada insists the message on Black Lives Matter remains important.

Last week, Proteas head coach Mark Boucher confirmed that the national side would not be taking a knee in showing their support against racial injustice.

Instead, the team will wear black armbands in support of the fight against gender-based violence and in memory of those who lost their lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

Rabada, who has been vocal on Twitter on the Black Lives Matter movement which engulfed Cricket South Africa (CSA) this year, revealed that they decided as a team not to kneel.

"We spoke about it as a group and there's a lot of things to look at these days... To me, black lives matters and also we're looking at gender-based violence. All lives matter will always matter but the situation now is that black lives matter," Rabada told reporters on Monday.

"It's something that I will always stand for. It was a team decision not to kneel and I think it's important to devote ourselves to gender-based violence but Black Lives Matter will always be relevant and something that I'll always believe in. Mark has stated that the team won't be kneeling and that is how it's going to be."

Rabada acknowledged the platform he has and stated that he would continue to stand up for issues he deemed important.

Since then former players of colour have shared their views, with some saying they were mistreated and experienced racial inequality, the most notably being former star bowler Makhaya Ntini's heartbreaking revelation.

Later in July, CSA launched the inaugural Solidarity Cup or 3TC, which was the first live sport event hosted in South Africa since the lockdown.

Source: News24

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