|| Desk Report ||
The West Indies players will bear Black Lives Matter logo on their shirts in the upcoming Test series against hosts England to protest against racism in sports.
Skipper Jason Holder, who has voiced his support to the cause that has once again come to the forefront after George Floyd was brutally killed by the police in Central Park in Minneapolis, Minnesota in United States of America (USA), said in a statement on Sunday: “We believe we have a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness.”
The ICC-approved logo, designed by Alisha Hosannah, will be the one which features in the shirts of all 20 Premier League football clubs since the sport’s resumption earlier this month.
“This is a pivotal moment in history for sports, for the game of cricket and for the West Indies cricket team,” Jason Holder said
“We have come to England to retain the Wisden Trophy but we are very conscious of happenings around the world and the fight for justice and equality,” Holder told the media.
“As a group of young men, we know of the rich and diverse history of West Indies cricket and we know we are guardians of the great game for generations to come,” he pointed out.
Holder, who wants racism to be treated at par with doping and corruption, said they arrived at the decision to wear the logo after much thought.
“We did not take our decision lightly. We know what it is for people to make judgments because of the colour of our skin, so we know what it feels like, this goes beyond the boundary. There must be equality and there must be unity. Until we get that as people, we cannot stop,” the skipper said.
“We have to find some way to have equal rights and people must not be viewed differently because of the colour of their skin or ethnic background,” he signed off.a