West Indies Captain Jason Holder had admitted to being disappointed as there was no knee taken in support of the Black Lives Matter movement when Pakistan and Australia toured England.
West Indies were the first team to tour England in June-July amidst the concerns of the pandemic caused by the Covid-19 virus. Ireland, Pakistan, and Australia followed them by touring the UK as all the matches were played behind closed doors, and every person involved ware kept in a bio-secure bubble.
I personally was a bit disappointed: Jason Holder
England, West Indies, and Ireland took the knee before the start of the match in support of the anti-racism movement. However, no knee was taken in the following series involving the hosts, Pakistan, and Australia. In regards to that, the West Indies Test team skipper has recently said that he was disappointed as Pakistan and Australia didn’t show their solidarity for the movement. He said there would be challenges in the path, but all human beings need to come together.
“I personally was a bit disappointed to see how the Pakistan and Australia tours went on after ours. That they were not showing their solidarity afterwards.
“It’s a hard challenge and a long hard road. It’s not an overnight fix but the most important thing is we come together and see each other as equal human beings,” Jason Holder said.
Jason Holder received the Cricket Writer’s Club (CWC) Peter Smith award on Tuesday, for outstanding contribution to the presentation of cricket to the public. The panel that presented the award to Jason Holder lauded him for taking the West Indies team to England even with the high risks posed by the virus.
“Holder led a trailblazing tour party that flew into the unknown at the height of Covid-crisis in the UK from a realtively safety of the Caribbean”
The all-rounder also talked about the challenges he and other players faced from living in the bio-secure bubble. He said it is hard as it will take a beating on your mental fitness. He termed it as probably the only option and said it wasn’t easy spending so much time in back to back bubbles.
“It is hard as it takes a toll on your mental health. I have never been indors so muchin my life. Back-to-back bubbles have not been easy,” Holder maintained.
Meanwhile, the West Indian all-rounder is a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise in the IPL. He was called in as a replacement to Mitchell Marsh, as the Aussie all-rounder suffered an ankle injury in the early stage of the tournament.