Jason Holder, West Indies Test captain, has said that his team might consider taking a knee during next months’ Test series against England as a mark of support towards the ‘Black Lives Matters Campaign’, sparked by the killing of George Floyd at the hands of the United States police.
Kneeling has become a symbolic move for sportsmen to show their solidarity towards the global campaign. While there is still no certainty about the West Indies going down that way, captain Jason Holder feels that such a gesture could create a positive energy for the side.
“What has happened recently has impacted the world and the response from people around the world has been tremendous. You must acknowledge it and protesting or standing up for what you believe is seen as noble and courageous and something I myself would never sit and disapprove of,” Jason Holder was quoted as saying by Times Now.
“It (taking a knee) will definitely — probably — be discussed amongst us and we’ll decide how we’ll go forward as a team with it. “I just want to make sure whatever we do, if we do anything, that it is done the right way.” While wary of directly saying the gesture would inspire his side. Who knows? This could be something serious we could build on and we could get some real positive energy through the group,”Jason Holder added.
“I haven’t had any personal experience of racial abuse in cricket”- Jason Holder
Recently, Holder’s former teammate and captain Darren Sammy has alleged that he used to get subjected to constant racial slurs during his stint with the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Jason Holder didn’t delve into the details of Sammy’s allegations but did not shy away from discussing the wider issue.
“I haven’t had any personal experience of racial abuse in cricket…But I would be foolish to sit here and say that racism is not prevalent. It is a crime throughout the entire world and something that will probably be an ongoing discussion way past our lifetimes. “or me the greatest thing at the end of the day is unity, I just want equality to excel, so we can have less fighting, less killing, less adversity in society.” Jason Holder added.