To protest against the current incidents against racial discrimination, West Indies players will wear a “Black Lives Matter” logo on their shirts in the forthcoming West Indies vs England Test series. It will show solidarity and at the same time spread awareness regarding equality across the world.
“We believe we have a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness,” Jason Holder told ESPNcricinfo. ICC has already given permission to use the logo and the logo will be the same that was worn on the shirts of the all 20 Premier League Football clubs.
The logo is designed by Alisha Hosannah, the partner of Watford captain Troy Deeney. “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,” Holder added.
“As a group of young men, we know of the rich and diverse history of West Indies cricket and we know we are guardians of the great game for the generation to come. 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.
When Sammy spoke on inequality
Earlier this month, many cricketers from the West Indies team had raised their voice against the issue of racism. Darren Sammy, Chris Gayle has confirmed that they had faced racism. Darren, the former captain of WI has also said that he had faced racism while being a part of the SunRisers Hyderabad team.
He did not name the players but has said that he would talk to them privately.
“This does not apply to all people, so after I found out a meaning of a certain word, I had said I was angry on finding out the meaning and it was degrading, instantly I remembered when I played for SunRisers Hyderabad, I was being called exactly the same word which is degrading to us black people,” he added.
“I will be messaging those people, you guys know who you are, I must admit at that time when I was being called as that word I thought the word meant strong stallion or whatever it is, I did not know what it meant, every time I was called with that word, there was laughter at that moment, I thought teammates are laughing so it must be something funny,” Sammy said.
“I’m pleased to say that I’ve had a really interesting conversation with one of the guys and we are looking at ways to educate rather than focusing on the negatives. My brother reassured me that he operated from a place of love and I believe him,” Sammy tweeted.
International cricket will resume after 3 months of a forced break due to the pandemic with the England vs West Indies Test series. West Indies is due to play 3 Test matches which will start on 8th July.