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T20 World Cup: Don’t want anyone to take the knee to feel sorry for us, says WI captain Pollard

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West Indies captain Kieron Pollard on Tuesday said “education is key” in the anti-racism movement but refused to get into the debate about South African star Quinton de Kock’s controversial pull-out before their ICC Men’s T20 World Cup clash.

Defending champions West Indies lost their second successive match of the tournament after going down to South Africa by eight wickets, but the match was overshadowed by De Kock’s withdrawal over a refusal to take the knee in Dubai.

De Kock opted out of the Super 12 game after Cricket South Africa ordered its players to lend support to the Black Lives Matter campaign endorsed by many in the sporting world.

“You guys know our thoughts on this matter. It’s something that we feel strongly about as a team and as a people, as well, and we will continue to do it,” Pollard said on taking the knee ahead of every game but said that he wasn’t aware of the situation with the South African opener, who is his teammate at Mumbai Indians.

“Each and everyone has their own opinions on it, but as I’ve always said, once you’re educated and you understand, we will understand you doing it, but I think education sort of is the key,…

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