Jason Holder
Jason Holder showing the BLM logo on his shirt (Credits: Twitter)

The ICC’s recent decision to allow West Indies players to wear the Black Lives Matter (BLM) logo on their shirts is inviting a lot of criticism from Indian fans. West Indies players will don the logo during the three-Test series against England that begins on 8 July in Southampton.

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Cricket West Indies received permission to use the logo from English football club Watford’s striker Troy Deeney, whose partner, Alisha Hosannah, created the design that incorporates a clenched fist of solidarity within a circle. English Premier League players have been donning the same logo since the league started earlier this month.

“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. We believe we have a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness,” said West Indies captain Jason Holder.

“There must be equality and there must be unity. Until we get that as people, we cannot stop. 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.

Jason Holder
Jason Holder. Credit: AP

Indian fans criticise ICC:

As soon as ICC announced the decision on Twitter, a huge number of Indian fans slammed the governing body in the comment section. The criticism was so harsh that the ICC had to hide a number of replies. The apex body even blocked some users as Indian fans accused them of hypocrisy.

The fans pointed out ICC’s decision to stop MS Dhoni from wearing the gloves with  Army Insignia on it during last year’s World Cup. The decision had invited criticism during the World Cup too for their decision and the fans are once again angry as they accused the top body of the game of being hypocrites.

“The ICC has responded to the BCCI to confirm the logo displayed by MS Dhoni in the previous match is not permitted to be worn on his wicket-keeping gloves at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019,” the ICC had said.

“The regulations for ICC events do not permit any individual message or logo to be displayed on any items of clothing or equipment. In addition to this, the logo also breaches the regulations in relation to what is permitted on wicketkeeper gloves,” it added.

Here are some reactions from the fans: