Quinton de Kock has apologized to his South Africa partners and the nation back home in the wake of pulling out from their T20 World Cup game against the West Indies as a result of his refusal to take the knee.
De Kock gave an extended assertion on Thursday morning, two days in the wake of rebuking a mandate from Cricket South Africa (CSA) which expressed all players should participate in the counter bigotry signal for the remainder of the competition.
“I might want to begin by saying sorry to my partners, and the fans back home,” he said.
“I never at any point needed to make this a Quinton issue. I comprehend the significance of remaining against bigotry and I likewise comprehend the obligation of us as players to set a model.
“In the event that me taking a knee assists with teaching others, and improves the existences of others, I am glad to do as such.”
De Kock proceeded to disclose that matters identifying with race are near his heart as a portion of his relatives are non-white, however, he felt his own “privileges” were removed by CSA’s organization which was simply uncovered to him on the morning of the game.
“I’m profoundly upset for all the hurt, disarray, and outrage that I have caused,” he added.
“For the people who don’t have the foggiest idea, I come from a blended race family. For my purposes, people of color have made a difference since I was conceived. Not on the grounds that there was a global development.
“The freedoms and fairness surprisingly is a higher priority than any person. I was raised to comprehend that we as a whole have freedoms, and they are significant.
“I felt like my freedoms were removed when I was determined what we needed to do in the manner that we were told.
“Since our visit with the board the previous evening, which was exceptionally passionate, I think we as a whole have a superior comprehension of their goals too.
“I wish this had happened sooner since what occurred on match day might have been stayed away from.”
De Kock added: “In case I was bigoted, I could undoubtedly have taken the knee and lied, which isn’t right and doesn’t fabricate a superior society. The individuals who have grown up with me and played with me, realize what kind of individual I am.
“I’ve been known as a ton of things as a cricketer however those didn’t do any harm. Being known as a bigot on account of a misconception harms me profoundly. It harms my family. It harms my pregnant spouse.
“I’m not a bigot. In my innermost being, I realize that. Also, I think the individuals who realize me realize that.”
The wicketkeeper-player proceeded to applaud the initiative of Temba Bavuma, South Africa’s first long-lasting dark chief and closed his assertion by saying he might want to be back in the group in the event that they would acknowledge him.
He said: “I simply need to thank my colleagues for their help, particularly my commander, Temba. Individuals probably won’t perceive, yet he is a flipping astounding pioneer.
“If he and the group, and South Africa, will have me, I would cherish just to play cricket for my nation once more.”