West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard mentioned South Africa star wicketkeeper batter Quinton de Kock’s resolution to drag out of Tuesday’s T20 World Cup recreation after refusing to take the knee for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ motion got here as a “information” to him and urged individuals to not speculate on the event.
He mentioned personally and as a workforce they really feel “strongly” concerning the motion and can proceed to do their bit to finish racism.
Pollard’s feedback got here after Cricket South Africa on Tuesday issued a directive to its gamers to take the knee in assist of the BLM motion forward of their match towards the West Indies, a choice which didn’t go down properly with De Kock, who prior to now had expressed his reluctance to make the gesture.
“For me, personally, I don’t know of any participant who didn’t wish to take it (take the knee). I’m not conscious of that. So that is form of information to us or to me,” Pollard mentioned after struggling an eight-wicket loss to South Africa, their second consecutive within the Tremendous 12 stage.
“You guys know our ideas on this matter. It’s one thing that we really feel strongly about as a workforce and as individuals as properly and we are going to proceed to do it.
“Every and everybody has their very own opinions on it, however as I’ve at all times mentioned, when you’re educated and also you perceive, we are going to perceive why you’re doing it, however I feel schooling form of is the important thing, and we don’t need anybody doing it for us in solitude or to really feel sorry for us.”
Requested whether or not this growth would have an effect on his private relationship with De Kock as each are Mumbai Indians teammates within the IPL, Pollard refused to “speculate” earlier than entering into the reality of the matter.
“As I beforehand mentioned, all I’m listening to is what has occurred. I don’t know the reality and reality of the particular matter.
“I can’t simply take that and have a solution or hypothesis by way of relationship and all that. That’s getting too deep at this current time,” he mentioned.
“Sure, he has been my teammate in Mumbai Indians, we have now performed cricket collectively. That’s the place the buck stops by way of every part else. Every part else is theory. Let’s see what occurs after. Let me have a possibility to digest.”
The defending champions slipped to the underside of the Group 1 factors desk in Tremendous 12 after struggling two successive losses.
“I assumed we left about 20-25 runs on the market after we batted, and that would have made a distinction by way of how we completed off,” Pollard mentioned.
“I additionally imagine that my dismissal within the final over was essential as a result of we knew they’d an over to make up and I used to be banking on that,” he mentioned.
Urging a faltering West Indies batting unit to step up, he mentioned: “We’ve to dig deeper as a workforce. We’ve to dig deeper as a batting unit. We’ve to come back out and maintain our heads up and attempt to play a great recreation of cricket.
“We’ve put ourselves able the place from a run charge perspective that’s fairly low, and from a win share we haven’t gained any video games. So we have now to win the subsequent three video games,” he concluded.