The Australian cricket team will take a step towards spreading awareness against racism in their upcoming series against India. Australian speedster Pat Cummins announced that he and his teammates would perform a ‘barefoot circle’, taking a stand against racism and celebrate Aboriginal culture. India’s tour of Australia begins with the first ODI on the 27th of November in Sydney.
In the last few months, the topic of racism has gathered plenty of attention, specifically with the death of George Floyd in the United States. The cops pinned the black man to the ground by applying the handcuffs. Two-time World T20 winning captain Darren Sammy and former West Indian paceman Michael Holding have been the face of it as per the cricketing fraternity. The latter even criticised Australia during their tour of England this year for not voicing their concerns against racism.
Pat Cummins underlined that they need to do their part; hence, the Australian team came up with a barefoot circle. The 26-year old said that they are all against racial discriminations and since they have not done enough about it in the past, the side wishes to do now.
“We think it’s really important to do our bit and we’ve decided to do the barefoot circle. Not only as a sport, but we as people are absolutely against racism. I think we could probably put our hands up and say we haven’t done enough in the past and we want to get better, so this is one small thing we’re going to introduce this summer,” Cummins stated as quoted by Times of India.
We think the barefoot circle is a great way to celebrate them: Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins revealed that the notion in Australia is that indigenous people are the most marginalised group of people. Hence, the barefoot circle is an excellent way to celebrate them and people, who wish to show support by taking the knee, they endorse that as well.
In Australia, we think the most marginalised group is the First Nations people, the indigenous people. We think the barefoot circle is a great way to celebrate them. Some people might want to take the knee and show support in different ways, we’re absolutely all for that,” the New South Wales cricketer added.