Even as England and West Indies gamers took the knee to present mixed support to Black Lives Matter marketing campaign forward of the continued Test match in Southampton, South Africa quick bowler Lungi Ngidi has come below assault for his support to the motion in opposition to racism.
Lungi Ngidi had urged the South African crew to take a stand in support of the Black Lives Matter motion, saying he would carry it up if the Proteas determine in opposition to it.
“It [lending support to the Black Lives Matter movement) is definitely something I believe we would be addressing as a team. And if we’re not, it’s obviously something that I would bring up. It’s something that we need to take seriously, like the rest of the world is doing. We need to make a stand,” Ngidi had stated earlier this week.
However, his feedback have not gone down properly with just a few former South African cricketers who’re saying ‘all lives matter’.
‘Nothing greater than a leftist political motion’
Former South Africa opener Boeta Dippenaar, in a pointy put up on social media, has hit out at Ngidi, saying Black Lives Matter motion is popping into ‘nothing greater than a leftist political motion’.
Dippenaar, who represented South Africa in 38 Tests and 107 ODIs, urged Ngidi to support the marketing campaign in opposition to the killing of white farmers in South Africa if he wants his support for Black Lives Matter marketing campaign.
“I am afraid to say ‘Black Lives Matter’ have become nothing more than leftist political movement. I would suggest that Lungi Ngidi listens a bit more to likes of Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Walter Williams and Milton Friedman,” Dippenaar stated.
“All lives matter. If you want me to stand shoulder to shoulder with you Lungi then stand shoulder to shoulder with me with regards to farm attacks.”
‘Stop attempting to get Proteas concerned in his beliefs’
Former all-rounder Pat Symcox was extra vital of Lungi Ngidi, saying he ought to cease attempting to get your entire South African crew concerned in his beliefs.
“What nonsense is this? He must take his own stand if he wishes. Stop trying to get Proteas involved in his belief. Besides the fact that right now Cricket South Africa should be closed down. A proper dog and pony show with cricket being dragged through the mud daily. Buy popcorn and watch,” Symcox stated.
This is probably the most on-brand Pat Symcox you get. His lack of historic perspective is, at greatest, complacent; at worst, it’s clear prejudice.
— Nick Piper (@nickpiper_risk) July 9, 2020
Former batsman Rudy Steyn stated: “I believe the Proteas should make a stand against racism, but if they stand up for ‘black lives matter’ while ignoring the way white farmers are daily being ‘slaughtered’ like animals, they have lost my vote.”
When Michael Holding hit again at criticism in opposition to BLM
The criticism in opposition to Ngidi comes a day after West Indies nice Michael Holding, in a robust speech, showcased his support for Black Lives Matter marketing campaign.
Holding, who was talking to Sky Sports after his highly effective BLM documentary with former England cricketer Ebony Rainford-Brent, lashed out in opposition to the criticism in opposition to BLM motion.
“We are all people and I hope everybody understands this Black Lives Movement will not be attempting to get Black individuals above white individuals or above anybody else.
“It’s all about equality. When you inform someone that ‘Black Lives Matter’ and so they let you know white lives matter or all lives matter. Please…
“We Black people know white lives matter. I don’t think you know that Black lives matter. So don’t shout back at us saying, all Lives Matter. It’s obvious. The evidence is clearly there that white lives matter. We want Black lives to matter now. As simple as that,” Holding stated.
Meanwhile, Director of Cricket of Cricket South Africa, Graeme Smith on Thursday stated the Proteas are methods to play their roles within the Black Lives Matter motion whereas acknowledging Ngidi’s remark.
“Lungi answered it very well when he said we are all in our own little pockets, and I think it’s important that in the future we all come together and figure out how we can play our role in the BLM movement; how we can be effective in doing that,” Smith stated.