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South African Top Cricketer Pulls Out of World Cup Game in Race Row

Quinton de Kock

Quinton de Kock

Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images

A former captain of South Africa’s national cricket team withdrew from a T20 World Cup match on Tuesday after the sport’s national body instructed all players to “take the knee” before every game in the tournament that’s under way in the United Arab Emirates.

Quinton de Kock, the wicketkeeper and star batsman, declared himself unavailable for the game against the West Indies, according to captain Temba Bavuma. The decision was for “personal reasons,” said Bavuma, who is the first Black player to lead the national side.