T20 World Cup: Lungi Ngidi, a South African seamer, spoke out about compatriot Quinton de Kock’s decision not to take a knee during the 2021 T20I WC at UAE.
Ngidi, a member of the Proteas squad for the tournament, said he holds no grudge against him. De Kock made headlines when he refused to take a knee before South Africa’s match against the West Indies in Dubai.
CSA instructed the team to take a knee before every game a few hours before the game. The keeper-batter refused to do the same and thus missed the game.
T20 World Cup: Ngidi holds no grudges against anyone
Speaking to The Guardian, Ngidi revealed that they discussed it and that he holds no grudges against anyone. He believes that the team will benefit from such an open culture.
Ngidi stated: “Everyone on the team has their reasons, so I hold no grudges. I didn’t feel anything because the men who made the decision had explained their reasoning to us. The courage and confidence to ask for clarification on a subject is an essential part of the learning process. If we continue in this direction, I believe we will have a better South Africa for all of us.”
The right-arm seamer stated that his parents were subjected to a great deal of racism; however, his upbringing taught him to never form preconceived notions about anyone.
Ngidi speaks on racism
Discussing his struggles against racism Ngidi shared his life story. He stated that his parents grew up during a time when racism was rampant. But apartheid was abolished by the time he was born.
Ngidi’s parents wanted me to make the most of his beginning and taught Ngidi not to judge a book by its cover, which he still do today. Lungi has been following the same. He will never assume someone is who they are unless they show him that side of themselves.
The team was surprised, according to skipper Temba Bavuma, but he respects the 29-year-decision. old’s De Kock later issued an apology statement in which he promised to take a knee to educate others. “It’s something I believe we will address as a team,” says Lungi Ngidi of his support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Lungi Ngidi on the Black Lives Matter movement
When asked if he and his teammates would support the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement, he said he is optimistic, especially given South Africa’s history of racism.
It’s something he believes we’ll address as a group. And if the group isn’t, it’s something Ngidi would undoubtedly bring up. As a team all need to take it seriously, just like the rest of the world, says Ngidi. “We must take a stand. We also have a complex history regarding racial discrimination as a country.”
The Black Lives Matter movement erupted in June 2020 when George Floyd was killed by a white cop who pressed a knee against his neck and suffocated him. Since then, numerous teams in various sports have taken a knee in support of the same.