South Africa to make ‘meaningful’ gesture towards racism
South Africa have promised to display a ‘meaningful’ anti-racism gesture in the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka in Centurion.
South Africa’s view towards racism has been questionable in the past when they refused to take knee at start of play in the three-match T20I series against England last month.
Proteas coach Mark Boucher has revealed that the host nation will make a gesture at start of the first Test although whether they will take a knee is yet to be confirmed.
“We appreciate the board isn’t looking to compel the team into doing anything one way or the other, and that they are happy to allow the team to go through their process and come up with something meaningful to them. We are happy to engage further with them and what they would like to discuss at a more appropriate time,” Boucher said in a virtual press conference.
“We’ve had a lot of discussions since we’ve come into the bubble about this, especially after the board statement. The guys have come up with a meaningful gesture and you will see that. That’s something the players will share with everyone before match day.”
South Africa’s bio-bubble management has also been a concern as England left without playing the three-match ODI series due to outbreak of COVID-19 in the bubble.
“I don’t like to micromanage. There are certain people who have been put in places to do certain jobs. My job is coaching the team. So if it’s not my job to control the bio-secure environment, it’s not my job to speak to England to see how they are feeling or speak to Sri Lanka to see how they are feeling. We get given information from our medical staff on what they feel is going to be the best and the safest way for this tour to go ahead,” the South African coach said on bio-secure environment.
The Test match starting from Saturday will be both South Africa and Sri Lanka’s first Test since pandemic. In fact, this will be Sri Lanka’s first international game since March.