It Can't Keep Going The Way It Is: James Anderson Extremely Furious On Racism In Cricket

It Can’t Keep Going The Way It Is: James Anderson Extremely Furious On Racism In Cricket

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England’s veteran speedster, James Anderson has clearly stated that he is unhappy with the sort of racism that has evolved in cricket as well. James Anderson has joined the list of cricket superstars who have voiced their opinion against racism and racist remarks in a gentleman’s sport like cricket.

The killing of an African-American man, George Floyd in police custody in the United States has triggered widespread protests across the globe. A number of athletes have come out in support of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement while a few of them have taken the knee as sporting action is slowly getting back on track following the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Now, cricketers have also come out and strongly put out their opinion on the sort of racism that they have had to suffer in international cricket over the years.

James Anderson Voices Out His Opinion On Racism In Cricket

“It’s been a very thought-provoking few weeks for everyone. It’s made me do a lot of thinking, We definitely will have conversations as players about what we can do to make a stand. It’s something that as players and a game we need to be more active with,” James Anderson said.

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“It’s made me think about whether I’ve experienced racism on the cricket field. I couldn’t think of any instances. I wasn’t there when Jofra Archer was abused in New Zealand [in 2019],” he added.

I’ll Try To Support My Teammates: James Anderson

“It also made me think, have I just turned a blind eye to things? I’ll try and support my team-mates if they do suffer any abuse but have I been active in supporting them?” Anderson questioned.

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England’s James Anderson tosses a ball during a training session on the eve of the first Ashes cricket test match between Australia and England at Edgbaston in Birmingham, north England on July 31, 2019. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

“The game in general as well – I saw the stat that there’s one black player that’s come through the state school system in county cricket. That’s not okay. We need to actively make this game for everyone. It can’t keep going the way it is. That’s what I’ve been thinking about and is there more that I can do to help as a player,” the English pacer concluded.

Jason Holder said he will consult the rest of his teammates before deciding whether West Indies players will take the knee in support of the anti-racism protests that are going on across the globe during the Test series in England.

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