29 years after South Africa was readmitted to World Cricket post the country’s apartheid regime, racism is still a problem in the sport. A number of players have come out in support for Ngidi and his support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
Teammate Russell can der Dussen came out in support of the movement. “I support BLM, I am against all murders – physical, character and cultural murder,” van der Dussen said.”I support equal opportunities for all. Because I support BLM doesn’t mean that I support violence or Marxism. I refuse to be labelled by people – Viva Africa!”
Hashim Amla, one of the country’s greatest batsman joined in the support for Ngidi. “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 Lungi Ngidi doing his bit to represent us all,” Amla said. “Thank you, brother and all those who stand up for just causes in their own way – publicly and privately. There are oppressed people here in this country and the world over, of all colours and walks of life, cricket included. However, the darker-skinned people have had the worst of it. Some may convince themselves otherwise but you have to ask yourself – are those who know the same as those who don’t know?”
Ngidi has prompted a number of black players to share stories of their racist experiences in the past. “The system is broken and has been for some time in our beloved South Africa,” Ashwell Prince, who played 62 Tests and 52 one-day internationals for South Africa, posted on Twitter. “Black player drinks too much on a flight, it’s all over the media. White player urinates over the balcony of a team hotel with several onlookers, it’s swept under the carpet. How’s it all going to fix itself? I don’t have the answers. But it will require tough, honest, uncomfortable conversation.”