Cricket West Indies (CWI) said on Monday their players will wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ logos on the collar of their shirts throughout their three-test series in England next month. West Indies have been allowed to use the same emblem designed by Watford captain Troy Deeney’s partner Alisha Hosannah, the CWI said in a statement.
Earlier, former West Indian skipper Daren Sammy has stressed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) must educate young cricketers about racism in the sport. Daren Sammy has been the flagbearer of the recent movement against racism in cricket and has voiced out his opinion multiple times in the last month or so.
English Premier League soccer clubs have been wearing the logo since the season’s restart as a tribute to protests against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.
West Indies Players To Don The Black Lives Matter Logo On Their Jersey
“We believe we have a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness,” West Indies skipper Jason Holder said in the statement.
“This is a pivotal moment in history for sports, for the game of cricket and for the West Indies cricket team,” Holder added.
“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,” Jason Holder added.
A Lot Of Cricketers Have Been Vocal About Racism In Cricket
Tom Moody, Isa Guha, and Ian Bishop all supported Sammy’s views and said that it is must to eliminate such sort of filth not only from the gentleman’s sport but from the world. Earlier, Chris Gayle had also supported Sammy and said that he too had faced a lot of racist remarks over the years in his international cricket career.
James Anderson and West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo also stressed upon the issue in recent times and said that there is an urgent need to eliminate racism from the world.