Former Australian skipper and Delhi Capitals’ coach Ricky Ponting has opened up on his stance concerning taking a knee for the Black Lives Matter Movement. The unity regarding the campaign erupted when a white cop in Minneapolis killed a black resident by pinning him down on the ground. Ricky Ponting conceded that cricketers should indeed be speaking about the same.
The likes of Darren Sammy, Jason Holder, and Michael Holding have been proactively and frequently addressing the issue. The English and the West Indian cricketers went on to take a knee in the Test series between the two countries as did the Irish cricketers when they locked horn with England in the white-ball series. However, Holding and Holder were unhappy at Pakistan and Australian cricketers not taking a stand for the same. The campaign is also not being followed in IPL 2020.
Ricky Ponting stated that we should be speaking about it. About Australian captain Aaron Finch not wanting to take the knee in the limited-overs leg in England, Ponting defended him by claiming that Finch wants people to educate themselves entirely before choosing their sides or putting a protest.
“We should certainly be talking about it. I think what Finch was trying to say (is) that people need more education on the issue before taking a proper stance on it or putting across a protest,” Ponting stated as quoted by Mumbai Mirror.
“It’s a huge issue in the world society at this point” : Ricky Ponting
The Tasmanian added that it is not only about the Australian cricket team or Australian cricket but for the world game. According to the 45-year old as renowned sportspersons, we should do what we can to help the cause, talking about it, and fixing the inequalities.
“It’s not just about the Australian cricket team; it’s about Australian cricket and it’s about the world game. It’s a huge issue in the world society at this point and as cricketers we should to what we can to help the cause or around the cause. We should certainly be talking about it,” he added.