West Indian Test captain and seamer Jason Holder was one of the foremost faces of the Black Lives Matter movement. The death of George Floyd, a black resident of Minneapolis in United Staes, due to a white cop, sparked not only a nationwide protest but also other countries voiced their concerns against the same. Jason Holder, who is part of the SunRisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020, is unhappy that the campaign is not part of the cash-rich league this year.
The Black Lives Matter movement was part of the Test series between England and the West Indies in July when all the players took a knee in support of the same. The campaign also received backing from the Irish cricketers during the limited-overs leg against England; however, Pakistan and Australia were not in its support. Former West Indian speedster Michael Holding lashed out at them for condoning it.
According to Jason Holder, he did not hear any conversation concerning the Black Lives Matters movement and feels it has gone unnoticed. He pointed out that Cricket West Indies has done a commendable job, reminding that when England hosted the West Indies women, they continued to push the trend.
“To be honest, I haven’t had one conversation up here around it (BLM). Sometimes it seems it has gone unnoticed, which is a sad thing. Cricket West Indies has done an excellent job in continuing awareness of it. The women had a series in England where they wore the Black Lives Matter logo and continued to push the movement as well,” Holder stated as quoted by Times of India.
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The 28-year old further stated that it is a long road ahead of all of them as they need to continue the solidarity that will fix the inequalities in the world. Holder also expressed his unhappiness to see Pakistan and Australian teams not pledging their unity for the Black Lives Matter movement.
“It’s a hard challenge and a long hard road. It’s not an overnight fix but the most important thing is we need to come together and see each other as equal human beings. I personally was a bit disappointed to see how the Pakistan and Australia tours that went on after ours, that they were not showing their solidarity afterwards,” he added.