The West Indies cricket team will be wearing #BlackLivesMatter emblem on the collars of their shirts throughout the entire three-match Test series against England, starting next month.
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The emblem that the Windies team will wear will be the same one used by all the 20 Premier League clubs, designed by Alisha Hossanah.
The decision to wear the ‘Black Lives Matter’ emblem has been approved by the International Cricket Council [ICC].
The decision to wear the said emblem comes in the wake of global protests sparked by the killing of African-American George Flloyd by Minneapolis police in the United States of America.
“This is a pivotal moment in history for sports” West Indies captain Jason Holder
Terming it as a pivotal moment in the history of sports and especially West Indies cricket, skipper Jason Holder said that the movement is to fight for justice and equality for dark-skinned people.
“This is a pivotal moment in history for sports, for the game of cricket and for the West Indies cricket team. We have come to England to retain the Wisden Trophy but we are very conscious of happenings around the world and the fight for justice and equality.” Jason Holder was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
“We did not take our decision lightly. We know what it is for people to make judgments because of the colour of our skin, so we know what it feels like, this goes beyond the boundary. There must be equality and there must be unity. Until we get that as people, we cannot stop,” he added.
Holder added that one needs to find a way to ensure equal rights for people irrespective of their skin color or ethnic background.
“We have to find some way to have equal rights and people must not be viewed differently because of the colour of their skin or ethnic background,” he added.
Meanwhile, cricket will resume after a three-month hiatus when England and West Indies lock horns in the first of the three-Test series at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from July 08.