South Africa’s squad to face England in a six-match limited overs home tour starting on Friday has released a joint statement explaining why the players will not kneel before games after media criticism of the decision this week.

The issue has marred South Africa’s return to international cricket for the first time since March and created debate over whether the squad should be seen to be more publicly supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement. But the players maintain there are a lot of discussions going on behind closed doors and that this will continue in the months ahead, and that those engagements are personal and private.

‘Not a decision compelled on us’

“Over the last six months, the Proteas team has engaged with honesty, empathy and vulnerability in exploring together what anti-racism work looks like and why this work matters so profoundly in this cultural moment,”…

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