West Indies and New Zealand will be taking the knee in their two-match Test series to show support towards the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
New Zealand won the 1st and 2nd T20I while the 3rd T20I was abandoned due to persistent rain. New Zealand won the first match by five wickets and second T20I by 72 runs.
West Indies Won 2 T20Is Before The Test Series Starts
In the first T20I, New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson wreaked havoc taking 5/21 before Kieron Pollard came to the rescue scoring an unbeaten 75. New Zealand won through DLS method after James Neesham scored unbeaten 48 and Devon Conway scored 41.
In the 2nd T20I, New Zealand batted first and scored 238/3 with Glenn Phillips scoring 108 off only 51 balls. West Indies managed only 166/9 in reply losing by 72 runs.
“Jason and I caught up; we are looking to continue what was done during the T20s and try to continue that awareness around the BLM movement and also the Give Nothing To Racism campaign that New Zealand Cricket are right behind as well. So that will be continued on the first day of each Test match,” ESPNCricinfo quoted New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson as saying.
Kane Williamson said Kiwis are also behind a campaign called Give Nothing To Racism. The Black Lives Matter movement will be pledged as awareness on the first day of the first match.
New Zealand and West Indies will play against each other in the two-match Test series, with the first match getting underway on Thursday. Both the teams had taken the knee before the start of their T20I matches as well.
West Indian Test Skipper Jason Holder Was Happy With New Zealand’s Support
West Indies Test captain Jason Holder also revealed that he had a conversation with Kane Williamson and said he is happy with the support shown towards Black Lives Matter by the Kiwis.
“It just shows the kind of individuals that New Zealand cricket has. Kane came openly to me and we sat down and had a really good chat around it. It was just mainly him hearing our side of it. Really happy with his support…and New Zealand Cricket have started a campaign too, which is really good,” said Jason Holder.
The West Indies jersey will also show the Black Lives Matter logo on the collars of their shirts at Seddon Park to support the movement.
“Us as individuals, we go around the world, we mingle with so many different people — you never quite understand what some people go through. The more education we put around it, the better off this world will be,” Jason Holder added.
The two-match Test series between West Indies and New Zealand will be a part of the World Test Championship (WTC). If the Kiwis win both the Tests, then the side will displace England from the third spot in the points table.