The West Indies will take on England in an away Test series, starting from July 8. The series will mark return of international cricket after a hiatus due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. It is also of an added significance as the visiting players will show solidarity for the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement which has turned out in large numbers after the death of African-American man George Floyd.
George Floyd, a black man, was killed on May 25 in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnestoa in the United States after an officer, Derek Chauvin, kept his knee on Flyod’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin was fired from the police department, with protesters taking on the country in large number, demanding justice for Floyd with a clear message reading ‘Black Lives Matter’.
As a team we will show solidarity to the movement: Jason Holder
West Indies captain Jason Holder has confirmed that his team will be showing solidarity towards the movement during the first Test. He also added that, there have been discussions with his team, and they will all come out in support. It is also learnt that the West Indies players might probably ‘Take A Knee’ during the first Test.
“As a team we will show our solidarity to the movement. We had few discussions and come July 8th, we will show our support,” Jason Holder said on the show Good Morning Britain.
“I’ve been following it quite closely and I’ve seen many opinion on the matter and what should be done and what can be done. It’s a perfect opportunity to effect change. One of the things that stands out is unity. We need to unite and come together as one,” he added.
Hosts England had also thought of ways to support the movement during the first Test.
Racial abuse has been a cause of concern for a long time and should be stopped immediately as every human being is precious and the color of the skin should not be used as a measure to judge someone.