Former captain Hashim Amla has become the latest former Proteas player to publicly come out in support of Lungi Ngidi in the wake of the fast bowler’s position on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
Amla‚ who earned legendary status with his 9‚282 runs in 124 Test matches at an average of 46.64 with a career best unbeaten score of 311 for SA‚ joined a group of former Proteas‚ domestic players and coaches who on Tuesday came together in support of the 24-year-old Ngidi.
The group of 31 former players and five coaches included Herschelle Gibbs‚ Makhaya Ntini‚ JP Duminy‚ Ashwell Prince‚ Vernon Philander‚ Paul Adams as well as current Proteas bowling coach Charl Langeveldt‚ among others.
“I stand with all those who are oppressed. And I stand with @lungingidi again‚” the 37-year-old Durban born Amla said in a statement he posted on his Instagram on Wednesday.
Amla posted the statement with a picture of himself and Ngidi during the fast bowler’s Test debut against India in Centurion in January 2018.
Responding to a journalist’s question during a media briefing last week‚ Ngidi said the Proteas will have to “discuss” the team’s stance on the BLM campaign ahead of Saturday’s 3TeamCricket tournament in Centurion.
However‚ the men’s ODI and Twenty20 cricketer of the year’s words were seemingly twisted. Ngidi was thrust into a racially-charged social media storm fuelled by former white players Boeta Dippenaar‚ Rudi Steyn‚ Pat Symcox and Brian McMillan.
Amla said the BLM global movement has relevance for everyone.
“Many of us‚ including myself‚ have borne the brunt of these delusions and have crazy stories to tell, which is why it makes it even more admirable to see exceptional youngsters like @lungingidi doing his bit to represent us all.
“Thank you brother and all those who stand up for just causes in their own way — publicly and privately. I speak for myself and those who share this belief that the end product of being racist is only self-destruction and social change.”
Ngidi will play for the first time in over three months when live cricket makes its return in Centurion. He is in the Takealot Eagles team that will be captained by AB de Villiers. Also in the team are Aiden Markram‚ Rassie van der Dussen‚ Kyle Verreynne‚ Andile Phehlukwayo‚ Bjorn Fortuin‚ Junior Dala. It is coached by Geoffrey Toyana.
The Kagiso Rabada-captained OUTsurance Kingfishers and the Quinton de Kock-led Mr D Food Kites will slog it out with the Eagles in the inaugural tournament that will see three teams of eight each play in a single match for the Solidarity Cup.
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