The fight against racism in the world is going strong and getting support from all ends, and Cricket Australia which will be hosting the Rebel Women’s Big Bash League(WBBL) 2020 has decided to participate in it. The players will be standing barefoot in a circle before the start of each game to show their stand against racism, as said in a report in cricket.com.au.
The WBBL will commence on Sunday with the Perth Scorchers taking on the Brisbane Heat. The tournament is being held entirely in Sydney all the players, staff, and families spending five weeks in the WBBL village at the Sydney Olympic Park.
A Barefoot Circle will be performed: WBBL
According to the report in cricket.com.au, the players will perform a barefoot circle ahead of each game in the WBBL. The players and captains came in solidarity to commit against racism. Several players from the Scorchers team and the captains on Saturday met to connect with the country. The players removed their shoes and formed a circle on the outfield Heat’s Mikalya Hinkley and Thunder’s Hannah Darlington readout acknowledgements.
“A Barefoot Circle will be performed ahead of each Rebel WBBL match on Sunday, after the league’s indigenous players and its captains came together to reaffirm their commitment to reconciliation and taking a stand against racism.”
“The eight skippers and five indigenous players – Ashleigh Gardner, Mikayla Hinkley, Anika Learoyd, Hannah Darlington and Ella Hayward – as well as the Stars’ Elyse Villani and Georgia Wyllie from the Scorchers met at Showground Stadium on Saturday morning to connect to country and acknowledge the traditional owners of the land,” the report said.
“All the players removed their shoes and formed the Barefoot Circle on the wet outfield of the Sydney Olympic Park ground, as the Heat’s Hinkley and Thunder’s Darlington readout acknowledgments of the country in between solemn moments of reflection,” the report added.
Earlier when cricket resumed in the pandemic era, the players of West Indies and England took the knee to show their fight against racism. The same was continued in the England-Ireland series.
Indian cricketers won’t be able to participate in the WBBL as they would be involved in the Women’s T20 Challenge from November 4th in UAE.