West Indies cricket team decides to embed Black Lives Matter emblem on the collars of their shirts during July’s Test series against England.
Skipper Jason Holder indicated in his first question and answer session of the visit that West Indies would hope to help the development somehow or another, and said in an announcement on Sunday: “We believe we have a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness.”
The logo utilized will be that ragged on the shirts of every one of the 20 Premier League football clubs since the game’s restart recently, structured by Alisha Hosannah, whose accomplice Troy Deeney is Watford’s commander. Deeney was reached by CWI for endorsement, and the ICC gave consent for the token to be worn on the groups’ collars.
“This is a pivotal moment in history for sports, for the game of cricket and for the West Indies cricket team,” Holder said. “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.
“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 a 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.
“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.”
Deeney said: “Alisha and I are immensely proud to be asked and take part in a monumental moment in world sport, this amazing decision by the West Indies cricket team to show their support for Black Lives Matter.
“Watching cricket with my grandad, and seeing Brian Lara transcend from being a cricketer to a worldwide superstar, shaped my childhood, so it’s great to be able to help West Indies cricket show their support in such a meaningful way.”
The shirts are expected to be worn for the first time in this week’s first-class, four-day warm-up match at Emirates Old Trafford, which starts on Monday.