Earlier, in July, South African players took the knee and also wore black armbands during the 3TC in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. However, as England is touring South Africa for a limited-overs series, head coach Mark Boucher has revealed that the players won’t be taking the knee.
South Africa will host England for 3 T20Is followed by as many T20Is from November 27 to December 9. The England limited-overs squad arrived in South Africa on Monday, November 16, and will complete a 10-day quarantine period ahead of the start of the T20I series.
“I have spoken to the guy (Lungi Ngidi) who was driving the whole movement within our set-up, he is pretty happy that we have done what we needed to do, in particular at that (3TC) game. There are a couple of other issues that our president has raised going forward with regards to gender-based violence and the victims of Covid19. We are going to be addressing this with the team so if there is a black armband to wear, we will probably be wearing it because of the president’s call,” Boucher said.
“It’s an ongoing thing for us. It’s not something that we have to continue to show. It’s something that you have to live. That is exactly what we are trying to doing our dressing room at the moment with a big squad. If guys who brought it up are happy with it, that’s great, but if they feel we have to do more, that will be a chat and that they are open to express their opinions,” he added.
“Our new value system is about respect, empathy and belonging and all of those lead to an environment where guys feel free to talk about these hard issues. They’ve got the support and respect and empathy from every other player.”
Cricket South Africa have formed a bio bubble in the Western Cape, with all white-ball fixtures being played at Cape Town and Paarl.