England have joined hands with the West Indies to show solidarity towards Black community and raise awareness about equality and justice. After the West Indies confirmed that they will be wearing the ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo during the Test series, starting from 8 July, England too confirmed to take a similar stand.
Teams and cricketers are spreading awareness in wake of George Floyd killing. George Floyd, a black man, was killed on 25 May in the Powderhorn community of Minneapolis, Minnestoa in the United States after an officer, Derek Chauvin, kept his knee on Flyod’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
The decision was taken by the ECB, fully supported by the England players led by Joe Root, the Test captain, and Ben Stokes, who will stand in for him during the first Test at the Ageas Bowl, starting 8 July.
England captain Joe Root will miss the first Test due to the birth of his second child but he highlighted the importance of showing solidarity to the Black community. Root said that England players are ready to spread awareness in unison and will use the platform to support the objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists.
“It is important to show solidarity to the black community and to raise much needed awareness around the topics of equality and justice,” said Root. “The England players and management are unified in this approach and will use the platform of international cricket to fully support the objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists.
“The majority of us do not understand what individuals from BAME background have to go through when people make judgments because of the colour of their skin. As a group, we are learning about this and educating ourselves.
“There has to be equal opportunity and equal rights for all. We hope by making this stance we can play our part in standing shoulder-to-shoulder as a team and we hope that by continuing to raise awareness we can move towards a society in which the colour of your skin and your background has no bearing on your opportunities.
“It is very simple, we believe there is no room for racism or any form of discrimination, anywhere.”
Tom Harrison, the ECB chief executive, added: “The England and Wales Cricket Board fully support the message that Black Lives Matter, It has become a message of solidarity and a drive for progress and societal change. There can be no place for racism in society or our sport, and we must do more to tackle it.
The Test series between England and the West Indies will be played between 8 to 28 July. The series will mark the resumption of international cricket after the coronavirus-forced hiatus.