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Quinton de Kock . Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images

Will Quinton de Kock play against Sri Lanka on Saturday?

Quinton de Kock apologized for his withdrawal from the team to face the West Indies, but will he play in Saturday’s match against Sri Lanka?

Quinton de Kock Proteas

Quinton de Kock . Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images

Quinton de Kock opted to make himself unavailable for the Proteas T20 World Cup match against the West Indies but has since apologized for his actions.

De Kock has revealed that he is willing to take the knee and will now be available for the rest of South Africa’s campaign.

Will Quinton de Kock play against Sri Lanka?

The question of whether or not De Kock will play on Saturday will come down to whether or not there is any sanction imposed upon him by management or Cricket South Africa, first, and then upon whether he is picked for the match.

It seems unlikely that CSA or team management will opt to sanction De Kock considering the manner in which the issue was dealt with by the board.

Taking action against De Kock now could lead to another high-profile legal battle that CSA can ill afford as it desperately tries to rehabilitate its reputation off the back of a succession of scandals.

There is a worrying disconnect between the board and the players which must be addressed, and the corporate characters on that board need to be educated on best practice in sports administration in a hurry.

The wording of De Kock’s statement suggests that he has reached a point of understanding with management and that everyone is prepared to move forward.

“I did not, in any way, mean to disrespect anyone by not playing against West Indies, especially the West Indian team themselves. Maybe some people don’t understand that we were just hit with this on Tuesday morning, on the way to a game.

“I am deeply sorry for all the hurt, confusion and anger that I have caused.

“I was quiet on this very important issue until now. But I feel I have to explain myself a little bit.

“For those who don’t know, I come from a mixed race family. My half-sisters are Coloured and my step mom is Black. For me, Black lives have mattered since I was born. Not just because there was an international movement.

“The rights and equality of all people is more important than any individual.

“I was raised to understand that we all have rights, and they are important.

“I felt like my rights were taken away when I was told what we had to do in the way that we were told.

“Since our chat with the board last night, which was very emotional, I think we all have a better understanding of their intentions as well. I wish this had happened sooner, because what happened on match day could have been avoided.”

As far as team selection goes, his inclusion is a no-brainer, and he is likely to come in for Heinrich Klaasen and partner Reeza Hendricks in opening the batting.