Former Proteas players Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar have questioned Lungi Ngidi’s support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Earlier this week, Ngidi, who was named SA Men’s ODI and T20I Cricketer of the Year on Saturday, told reporters that he would encourage his Proteas teammates to take a stance against racism.
In response, both Dippenaar and Symcox had a dig at Ngidi by criticising the Black Lives Matter movement – suggesting a similar call should be made for the issue of farm murders in South Africa.
‘Beside 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,’ read a comment from the 60-year-old Symcox.
Dippenaar, who represented the Proteas in 38 Test matches and 107 ODIs, made a similar stance for ‘all lives matter’ by questioning Ngidi’s support of just one issue.
‘I would suggest that Lungi Ngidi listens a bit more to likes of Thomas Sowell, Larry Elder, Walter Williams and Milton Friedman. 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,’ said Dippenaar.
Stay strong Lungi Ngidi and stand firm by your beliefs. Many of the current and former South African cricket players will show their true colours one by one. #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/6hiY8XXiPY
— Blacks in Whites (@BlaqsInCricket) July 9, 2020
On Wednesday, Cricket South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith said the governing body is committed to find ways of supporting Black Lives Matter for next weekend’s Solidarity Cup, which will be held on International Nelson Mandela Day.
At Wednesday’s start of the first Test between England and the West Indies both teams took a knee for 30 seconds on the Ageas Bowl pitch before the first ball was bowled, while commentator Michael Holding was part of an extremely powerful Black Lives Matter video tribute, aired prior to the start of play in Southampton.