New Zealand and West Indies have decided to take a stand against racism by standing on a knee in the upcoming Test series, beginning in Hamilton. The Test series will commence on the 3rd of December as West Indies will look for redemption after losing the T20 series convincingly by 2-0. New Zealand and West Indies also took the knee in the shortest format games.
West Indies are one of the only teams actively promoting anti-racism since the last few months. Former and current Caribbean cricketers have also urged other country’s cricketers to do it while former West Indian seamer Michael Holding was particularly disappointed when England and Australia refused to do it in their limited-overs leg in September.
Black Caps’ skipper Kane Williamson opened up on his conversation with his counterpart Jason Holder in T20Is about the decision to continue to support Black Lives Matter movement along with their campaign named Give Nothing To Racism. Hence, the same would also take place on the first day of the two Tests.
“Jason and I caught up; we were looking to continue what was done in the T20s and try to continue that awareness around the BLM movement and also Give Nothing To Racism campaign that New Zealand Cricket are right behind as well. So that will be continued on the first day of each Test match,” Williamson told ESPN Cricinfo.
It just shows the kind of individuals that New Zealand cricket has: Jason Holder
West Indian captain Jason Holder was in awe of New Zealand cricket and mainly Kane Williamson, who listened to their stories and their side. The 29-year old commended the Kiwis’ contribution to the movement while also appreciating their support.
“It just shows the kind of individuals that New Zealand cricket has. Kane came openly to me and we sat down and had a really good chat around it. It was just mainly him hearing our side of it. Really happy with his support and New Zealand Cricket have started a campaign too, which is really good,” Holder stated.