PICTURE | Proteas players raise a fist in Black Lives Matter gesture

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The Proteas opted to raise a fist rather than take a knee in recognition of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

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Prior to the first delivery in the first Test between the Proteas and Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Saturday, Cricket South Africa (CSA) issued a statement confirming the stance the team would take.

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Meanwhile, Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss and elected to bat on a green-looking pitch.

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In an excerpt from the statement, CSA stated: We have taken the decision – through a process of deep democracy – to raise our fists at the beginning of the Test series against Sri Lanka as a gesture to express our ongoing commitments. We recognise that gestures have histories and contexts, which carry meaning beyond themselves (both positive and negative) and that these gestures may be open to misinterpretation. Symbols also serve the purpose of communicating shared values and meaning.

South African team raises the fists during the 2020 Betway Test Series match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the SuperSport Park, Centurion on the 26 December 2020 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

TEAMS:

SOUTH AFRICA

Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Rassie van der Dussen, Faf du Plessis, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock (captain & wkt), Wiaan Mulder, Anrich Nortje, Keshav Maharaj, Lutho Sipamla, Lungi Ngidi

SRI LANKA

Dimuth Karunaratne (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella (wkt), Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha

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