Chris Jordan, England fast bowler, has said that he respects South African Cricket teams’ decision to not take the knee ahead of the upcoming T20I and ODI series against the Eoin Morgan-led unit. Jordan believes that the real change as far as cricket’s relationship with race will happen behind the scenes.
Earlier, South Africa head coach, Mark Boucher had said the Proteas will not be taking the knee since they have already expressed their solidarity with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement by 3TC domestic game back in July.
All 24 players had taken the knee besides wearing black armbands as part of solidarity towards colored people around the world. Boucher had said that fast bowler Lungisani Ngidi, who had led the BLM movement in South Africa, was ‘pretty happy that we have done what we needed to do’.
Commenting on South Africa’s stance, Chris Jordan said that it is a personal choice and he believes that the real change with respect to the attitude towards non-whites will only be reflected with the kind of conversations that take place between cricketers behind the scenes.
“The situation is very individual. I think a lot of real honest work is going on around the matter. It will be done in private. Real changes will come from those conversations that you have one on one in terms of education. If that’s what they as an organisation believe in, I don’t think it should be judged. It’s their personal decision so we can just move on,” Chris Jordan was quoted as saying by ‘Evening Standard’
“I’m quite open minded around the topic in terms of the different type of work that can be done. Taking a knee is very visual that people see when they turn on sport. But I’m a big believer in a lot of the real conversations happening behind the scenes especially in our group as an England team because we come from so many different backgrounds and the matter is at the forefront of everyone’s minds. The type of questions being provoked, the real conversations happening is where a lot of the change will come from.” he added.
‘It’s an area that’s been highlighted’- Chris Jordan
Taking a knee across sporting events have become a norm in the past few months ever since George Flloyd, an African-American native, was killed by the Minneapolis police in the United States. England cricketers had taken the knee during the Test series against the West Indies earlier this summer but the same wasn’t the case when the English locked horns with Pakistan and Australia during the second half of the season.
English cricket has come in for stringent racism allegations in the past few months with Azeem Rafiq accusing and former match-officials accusing Yorkshire and ECB respectively of institutionalizing racism.
Commenting on the same, Chris Jordan admitted that a lot of work needs to be done in that aspect.
“We recognize that there is always more we can all do as human beings, especially as an organisation. It’s not so much about looking back, we can’t change the past. All we can do is try and affect everything that’s coming in the future. It’s an area that’s been highlighted. Time will tell in terms of the impact we can have as a society going forward.” Chris Jordan added.