Fight Racism Unitedly, No Knee-Jerk Kockish Controversy Please!

It’s a shame that the exciting ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup 2021 is involved in a completely unneeded controversy. Have any teams ever at international competitions oppose the national anthem being sung? Or did any team opposes their opponents singing their national songs? Absolutely not, as it is an accepted custom in nearly every tournament across different sports. So, the ‘personal decision syndrome is not mentioned in this case. What is the reason this issue is able to be mentioned in the ‘taking knees to support a noble cause? When we were in school, our teachers would have us kneel at times in order to rectify our mistakes and that’s why we’re better people today.

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We haven’t even thought of taking a democratic decision at those times? It is clear that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) campaign, which was launched in 2013 , ‘as a decentralized social and political movement that protests against police brutality and all violence motivated by race against blacks’ the all over the world is completely justified. The movement has had its downs and ups, however, following the brutal police shooting of protester of color George Floyd in the US in the year 2020, it has gained international recognition as well as Michael Holding, ex-cricketer of the West Indies, took painstaking efforts to bring it into the field of cricket. Unfortunately, this gentleman’s game was marred by the ugly manifestations of racism at a number of times during international cricket, not just with blacks, as well as the so-called ‘colored’ players.

We have witnessed in the majority of the games played to date in the current World Cup teams taking the knee prior to the beginning of each match to show their support for the scourge of racism. The ICC did not issue any formal directive regarding this action however, they made it a voluntary gesture for the teams. Cricket South Africa (CSA) is the country which was targeted by the world community for years because of their notorious policies regarding the Apartheid and has shown an example in making this decision mandatory for their teams prior to the beginning of the season. What’s wrong with doing this noble gesture? And what is the significance of individual choice arise in these important international issues? Team India has also adopted the gesture in accordance with instructions by their board of cricket, and England made the same gesture during their game against the West Indies like most other teams.

The gesture of respect was performed during South Africa’s opener match against Australia however it was not made by all players. However, suddenly and perhaps most importantly because the match was played in the West Indies, South Africa’s principal opening batsman and wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock took an issue of the issue, claiming that he was unable to kneel because of personal motives. He not only refused to do so and resigned from the game in the final minutes , which was confirmed by the CSA. This is quite troubling, since de Kock has also been an important player during the Indian Premiere League (IPL) for a long time, playing for Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians (the franchise may be releasing him in the near future due to the negative impact) which included a number of black and colored players. In reality, India is a country that is dominated by colored people. Then, why has de Kock never objected to being a constant participant as a team player? If his “personal decision” is not to be a part of the BLM movement, then it is a sign of racism, or de Kock is perhaps a committed supporter of the ‘white supremacy’ idea that has been propagated by the former President of the United States, USA, Donald Trump. We are extremely disappointed by his actions at this World Cup which may ultimately negatively impact his entire career in cricket, and South Africa, obviously, would not want to lose such a crucial player. The CSA must give the final decision regarding the fate of Quinton de Kock, even though certain reports in the media suggest that the player has pulled out of the entire tournament, while some believe that this is have been the last time we seen him playing.

We are hoping for a peaceful solution that is acceptable to all stakeholders involved in the noble cause in high esteem while respecting the ideals and the movements that was the work of Nelson Mandela and suitable punishment for those who are guilty of being an agressor. The ICC actually should use this opportunity to make the ‘taking the knee’ a requirement for all teams participating. The Council is rightly adamant about banning any type of religious or political gesture however, in defending this noble cause, there should not be any doubt or the principles of democracy.

In the game with the struggled West Indies where the controversy was raging, South Africa won easily, with no de Kock. Other matches Afghanistan in Group 2 scored an impressive win over the top of the qualifying Group-B Scotland which was even more impressive than the victory of Pakistan against India. Pakistan continue to enjoy a flurry of wins by defeating New Zealand, although they were unable to reach the low goal of 135 runs. England in Group-1 also continued their bulldozing ominous the same vein by sweeping Bangladesh. The two teams Pakistan and England seem to be having fun with their luck so as a result of the slower pitches as well as the dew factor later on for the bowling team. After making history by making an appearance at the Super-12 stage for the first time, beating a highly-positioned Ireland, Namibia won their first game in the World Cup against Scotland with some comfort in Group 2.

Chinmay Chakravarty is a professional who is a specialist in the field of creative with more than two years of experience in journalism, writing, media coordination and film script writing dubbing films, film and video production, managing international film festivals, and editing journals and books. Expert in the provision of professional services in these related areas. was an officer in the Indian Information Service and superannuated from the position Director Press Information Bureau, Kolkata in Novemberof 2019. The first book he wrote for himself was “Laugh and Let Laugh’ in 2017 and his follow-up book The Cheerless Chauffeur and Other Tales’ in 2021.

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