While the first Test between England and West Indies will begin soon at The Rose Bowl (Southampton), England players may perform taking a knee just ahead of the game to support the Black Lives Matter campaign. Meanwhile, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison talked about how to deal to stop the racism and any other kind of discrimination.
International cricket is finally returning after around four months of sudden stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday (8th July), England and West Indies will face each other at The Rose Bowl (Southampton) in the opening game of the three-match Test series.
Ahead of this Test match, one important point is rising about to stop the racism. While the protest against racism is rising with time progress, many sports fraternity have supported this protest by taking a knee.
Tom Harrison has denied commenting on whether the English players will consider taking a knee before the beginning of the Southampton Test or not. However, he talked about the bigger prospect on this matter as he talked about to demolish any kind of discrimination in the organisation.
According to PA, Harrison claimed via conference call, “I don’t think this is just about the black community, this is about inclusion and diversity as a whole. This has been a time of huge reflection, not just our organisation but for me personally. I recognise that we are not where we should be as a sport and admittedly as a society too.
“What we’re trying to create at the ECB is an organisation and a game that is inclusive by design, it’s in our DNA, it’s not an impulsive response to something,” he added.
“This feels a little impulsive at the moment but the fact of the matter is we have been working on inclusion and diversity as part of a central theme of Inspiring Generations for years.
“This is a useful opportunity for us to remind ourselves how serious and important this work is. I genuinely don’t think there is anything more important for us because if we’re not relevant to the communities that we serve then we’re all we doing is serving a declining market. That’s something we need to take stock of,” he stated.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes also talked about equality in the team
Meanwhile, the new England Test captain Ben Stokes, who will now handle the leadership role of the England team in the Southampton Test due to the absence of regular captain Joe Root, also pointed out that the equality was the key to achieve the success in the England team, including winning the first-ever ICC Cricket World Cup trophy in 2019 edition.
The 81st English Test captain Stokes said, “Without the diversity that we have shown as a team, and the equality that needs to be given, we might not be World Cup champions.”
Talking about the opening day of the international cricket return, toss has been delayed due to the rain.