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West Indies Players To Wear The ‘Black Lives Matter’ Logo On Their Jersey

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.

Daren Sammy
Daren Sammy Image Credits: Twitter

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.

Jason Holder, India, West Indies
Jason Holder (Image Credit: Google)

“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.

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James Anderson (Image Credit: Google)

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.





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Shai Hope Is Hopeful To Perform Like 2017 Headingley Test In Upcoming Test Series Against England

West Indies cricketer Shai Hope, who scored twin centuries during the 2017 Headingley Test victory against the hosts England, believes that he can repeat that performance in the forthcoming Test series in England.

After losing the opening game of that three-match Test series against the hosts, which was also the first day/night Test match in England, the visitors West Indies stunned the cricket world by beating the hosts in the second game of that series at Headingley (Leeds).

The hero of that match Shai Hope scored 147 and 118 not out in that Test match. While his first innings batting helped the Caribbean side to score 427 runs, his second innings century helped his side to chase down the fourth-innings target of 322 runs (322/5).

Shai Hope, 2017 Headingley Test
Shai Hope (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

The 26-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman Hope hasn’t scored a Test century since that 2017 Headingley Test match. However, he believes that he can showcase that golden form again in this England tour.

Hope told media via a video conference, “I just need to have the continued belief in myself, back my ability because I know I can get it done, it’s not like I haven’t done it before.”

Along with the most wicket-taker in that series, who was the English pacer James Anderson (19 wickets), Shai Hope also won the Player of the Series award after finishing as the leading run-scorer in that Test series (375 runs). However, the hosts England won that Test series by the 2-1 margin.

While international cricket is returning with the Southampton Test between England and West Indies from 8th July, Hope is confident on himself to perform better in this tour.

Shai Hope
Shai Hope. Image Courtesy: Getty

Hope added, “It’s a case of making sure I make the most of these opportunities and do whatever I can to make the team win. Obviously, you’re going to be hard on yourself, especially when you know you can get something done but it’s not really portraying on the stats.”

Red-ball batting is definitely my favourite part of the game: Shai Hope

In the recent limited-overs cricket, Hope is now a very special performer for his country as the right-handed batsman is very consistent in the ODI format. Talking about his much different stats in Test batting, Hope claimed that the red-ball game is one of his favourite part of the game, but he also admitted that his Test stats need to improve.

Shai Hope, 2017 Headingley Test
Shai Hope (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)

He said, “Red-ball batting is definitely my favourite part of the game but the runs and the stats aren’t exactly where we want them to be, but I’m working towards that.”

However, Hope hasn’t pointed out any weakness of his batting at the present time. While he doesn’t feel to make any major changes in his batting technique at the present time, he believes that the mental change is going to be more important.

Hope added, “I can’t pinpoint anything (wrong) at this stage, because I wouldn’t say my preparation has changed. I don’t think it’s anything major when it comes to my technical side of the game. There are certain things you can tweak, as you go along. I would probably say it’s more of a mental thing. Hopefully, I can turn it around and move on from there.”

After the Southampton Test, England and West Indies will play the last two games of this Test series at Manchester which will begin on 16th July and 24th July respectively.

Joe Root, Ben Stokes, England vs West Indies second Test match
Joe Root and Ben Stokes. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Joe Root Believes Ben Stokes Can Inspire Similarly As Virat Kohli Does For Indian Team

England Test captain Joe Root is doubtful for the opening game of the upcoming three-match home Test series against West Indies. While Ben Stokes can lead the England team for the first time during the first Test of this forthcoming series, Root feels that Stokes can inspire the English team like the present Indian captain Virat Kohli.

The opening Test of the upcoming series between the hosts England and the visitors West Indies will be played from 8th July at Rose Bowl (Southampton). English Test skipper Joe Root can be unavailable for this match as his wife can birth their second child at that time.

Ben Stokes, Joe Root, England
Ben Stokes can lead the England team during the forthcoming Southampton Test against West Indies if Joe Root misses this game (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)

So, the 29-year-old English Test vice-captain Ben Stokes can take the leadership role during this Test match. Though Stokes has no experience as an England captain, Root has the high faith on this all-rounder. Root believes that Stokes can lead the England team from the front and encourage the entire team to perform very well, just like the Indian captain Virat Kohli every time does for his team.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

 In a recent chat show on Sony Ten’s ‘Pit Stop’, Root said, “You know Virat (Kohli) goes out there and performs and expects everyone to go and do the same within the same team and I imagine that’s how Ben will go about his business. I think Ben is better… Ben would make a better ‘Michael Jordan’ than me. He (Stokes) has a great quality, leads from the front, just as Michael Jordan did you know.”

Ben Stokes is already a big leader in the team as the vice-captain: Joe Root

Root further added that Stokes has already proved as a big leader inside the team in his vice-captain tenure. Root claimed that the team respected the 29-year-old all-rounder, and the regular English Test captain believes that Stokes has the ability to bring better result from the team.

Ben Stokes, England
Ben Stokes (Image Credit: Google)

Root claimed, “He’s already a big leader in the team as the vice-captain…There’s a huge amount of respect for him. He has obviously accomplished so much within the game and within Test cricket that he’s more than well enough equipped to do a really good job.”

At present, Ben Stokes is the second-ranked Test and ODI all-rounder. After his international debut in 2011, Stokes has played 63 Tests, 95 ODIs and 26 T20Is. The left-handed batsman has already scored 4056 Test runs (average 36.54), 2682 ODI runs (average 40.63) and 305 T20I runs (average 17.94). Meanwhile, as a right-arm pacer, Stokes has also taken 147 Test wickets, 70 ODI wickets and 14 T20I wickets.

Stokes played an important role for England’s victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and saving the team to lose from the home Ashes series in the last season (drew in 2-2).

Jonny Bairstow, Test wicketkeeper

Jonny Bairstow Is Confident To Return To The Test Wicket-Keeper Role

aaThe 30-year-old England wicket-keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow wants to return to the Test wicketkeeping position as he feels that his stats are well enough.

Jonny Bairstow made his international debut in 2011, but he made his Test debut in the 2012 home summer. Apart from playing 77 ODIs and 37 T20Is, Bairstow has also played 70 Tests till the date out of which he kept wicket in 48 Tests.

After the 2019 Ashes Series at home, Bairstow was removed from the Test wicket-keeper role. While he was dropped from the away Test series against New Zealand, he toured in South Africa where he played only the first game of the four-match Test series. But his last Test wicketkeeping role was the last game of 2019 Ashes Series which was played at The Oval (London) in last September.

Bairstow was also dropped from the last Test tour in Sri Lanka which was later postponed before the beginning of that series due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, he is very happy with his performances as a Test wicket-keeper.

Jonny Bairstow, Test wicket-keeper
Jonny Bairstow (Image Credit: Google)

According to ESPNcricinfo, Bairstow said, “Over a period of time, I have been really happy with my keeping. That was the part of my game which, at the start of my career, people questioned. But people have stopped speaking about it over the last couple of years.”

My stats are very good: Jonny Bairstow

While Bairstow was disappointed for losing his Test wicket-keeper role, he feels that his stats are enough to prove his return to the Test wicket-keeper role.

Jonny Bairstow, Test wicket-keeper
Jonny Bairstow (Image Credit – Getty Images)

Bairstow added, “My stats are very good. So there’s no reason why that isn’t an area I want to be coming back into. I was disappointed to lose the gloves at the time. My stats were very good and I didn’t feel like I had done anything wrong with my keeping. I was getting complimented highly by people on that.”

As a wicket-keeper, while Bairstow has played 48 Tests, he has taken 169 catches and also made 12 stumpings. He is currently the fifth most successful English Test wicket-keeper (according to the number of dismissals made) while all the top four English wicket-keepers played more than 75 Tests.

Jonny Bairstow, Test wicket-keeper
Jonny Bairstow (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Playing as a wicket-keeper batsman, Bairstow scored 3028 Test runs (average 37.85), including five centuries, which is the fourth-most runs for an English Test wicket-keeper batsman.

On Wednesday (17th June), the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will announce the 30-member Test squad for the upcoming home Test series against West Indies. Bairstow, who was in the 55-member training squad ahead of the delayed home summer, feels his last performances were good enough to return to the Test squad immediately.

Bairstow claimed, “When you think about getting back in, you can only be judged on your last performances and I like to think they were good. I hope they will get me back in the side as long as I score enough runs.”

England vs West Indies Test series will begin on 8th July while the ECB will announce the 20-member final squad for the Test series just before the beginning of this series.

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Jofra Archer. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Jofra Archer For Us Is Like Any Other Englishman: Jason Holder

West Indies Test skipper Jason Holder has clearly stated that Jofra Archer does not hold any special regard in the West Indies team. He added, that they will tackle him like the rest of the English cricketers. A couple of days ago, West Indian pacer Kemar Roach asserted that Jofra Archer should not expect any friendships from Windies players.

Jofra Archer snubbed to play for England. Barbados-born Archer is eligible to play for England because his father was born there and the paceman made his debut for the team last year. His decision to reject the West Indies did not go down well, and fellow Barbadian Roach says Archer is unlikely to be given a friendly reception in the forthcoming Test series between the sides.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer. Credit: Twitter

The West Indies team has already landed in England as they will kickstart international cricketing action after the coronavirus pandemic.

Jason Holder Clear About His Stand On Jofra Archer

Archer is English now. I think Kemar Roach had an interview yesterday and he spoke about the same thing,” Holder said on the show Good Morning Britain.

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West Indies’ Test captain Jason Holder ( Photo by AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

“You know we are friends off the field but when we cross that line you just see him as another Englishman. I am sure even he must be looking to knock our heads off,” Holder added.

We Will Show Our Support To End Racism: Jason Holder

Asked about the ongoing worldwide protest against racism following the death of George Floyd in the USA, Holder said the West Indies team is firmly behind the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.

“As a team we will show our solidarity to the movement. We had few discussions and come July 8th, we will show our support,” he said.

Windies, Jason Holder, ICC World Cup 2019
Jason Holder. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

I’ve been following it quite closely and I’ve seen many opinions on the matter and what should be done and what can be done. It’s a perfect opportunity to effect change. One of the things that stands out is unity. We need to unite and come together as one,” Holder added.

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Kemar Roach, Virat Kohli
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Kemar Roach Warns Jofra Archer To Expect Nothing But Hostility From West Indies Players

West Indies’s robust pacer, Kemar Roach has warned Jofra Archer of not expecting a friendly atmosphere when he faces the teammates he snubbed to play for England. Barbados-born Archer is eligible to play for England because his father was born there and the paceman made his debut for the team last year.

His decision to reject the West Indies did not go down well, and fellow Barbadian Roach says Archer is unlikely to be given a friendly reception in the forthcoming Test series between the sides. The West Indies team has already landed in England as they will kickstart international cricketing action after the coronavirus pandemic.

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West Indies Test team Image Credits: Twitter

Kemar Roach has now openly said that Jofra Archer should not be expecting any sort of humility from his West Indian fellows.

Kemar Roach Issues A Warning For Jofra Archer

“Jofra made his decision and he’s done a fantastic job for England so far but there will be no friendships during this series,” Roach told reporters in a Zoom press conference on Sunday.

Kemar Roach
Kemar Roach (Photo Source: ESPN)

“It’s all about winning and playing hard cricket. We will devise a plan for our batsmen to counter him and I’m looking forward to that battle,” Kemar Roach added.

I Have Seen His Potential Since He Was A Kid: Kemar Roach

“I saw him as a youngster in domestic cricket back home in Barbados and always thought he was talented. He has come over here and shown what he can do and I want to wish him all the best in his career,” Roach further said.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer. Credit: Twitter

But you will definitely see if we have any words for him on the field when that comes around,” Kemar Roach added.

Roach also revealed the West Indies squad are still discussing ways to acknowledge the Black Lives Matter cause when they play.

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Joe Root and Ben Stokes. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Ben Stokes Consider Himself As The Right Contender For Captain’s Position

England allrounder Ben Stokes is considerating to lead the team in the first Test match of the series against the West Indies in July. He will be taking the captaincy role because the regular Test captain Joe Root will be missing the first Test as he is expecting the birth of his second child at the same time.

According to ECB, Root will have to go under a seven-day quarantine period after attending his child’s birth. So, Root had openly advised Ben Stokes’ names for the captaincy role.

However, former England great Kevin Pietersen had shown his discontent to give the responsible job to the allrounder. He said that captaincy would be an added burden on Stokes, which would affect his performance.

There is a chance our skipper Joe Root may miss a Test: Ben Stokes

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Ben Stokes. Image Credit; Getty Images.

Perhaps, Stokes thinks himself as the right contender to take on the role. Being Joe Root’s deputy, he said that he knows the skippers’ strategies and tactics. He believes that he could lead the team in the same way as Joe does when in the field.

“There is a chance our skipper Joe Root may miss a Test this summer because he and his wife are expecting their second child. That would mean me as vice-captain having to step up,” Ben Stokes wrote in a column for ‘Daily Mirror’.

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Ben Stokes (Image Credit: Google)

“I understand where Joe is taking the team and how he wants to lead it. So although I’ll make my own calls on the field and do the job as I see it as the game evolves, everything else will very much be the same as when Joe is there,” Ben Stokes added.

Meanwhile, England will become the first country to host series since the outbreak of the coronavirus. They will first play the Test series against West Indies starting from July 8. The Caribbeans have already landed there earlier this week and are following a three-week quarantine period.

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West Indies Test team Image Credits: Twitter

West Indies Test Squad Departs For England After Confirming Negative Report In Coronavirus Test

After the continuous off period since the middle of the last March, the international cricket has finally received a major boost as the West Indies cricketers have departed for England after the entire squad had the negative report in the latest coronavirus test.

Recently, the Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced a 25-member Test squad for this England tour, 14-member Test squad and 11-member reserve squad.

Initially, on Monday (8th July), two planes brought the Caribbean cricketers to Antigua from where they left for the England tour through a private charter. They are likely to land in Manchester on Tuesday (9th July) morning.

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West Indies cricketer (Image Credit: Twitter)

After confirming all of their negative report in the latest coronavirus test, the CWI has confirmed that the entire Caribbean tourist squad will be quarantined and tested again for the COVID-19. In this entire tour, all the West Indies members will live, train and play in a “bio-secure” environment.

In England tour, West Indies will play three Tests

Initially, the West Indies had the plan to tour in England for the three-match Test series in this May-June, which is the part of the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship. However, the novel COVID-19 or coronavirus has forced to postpone that FTP schedule.

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England vs West Indies (Image Credits: Twitter)

Recently, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has proposed to host the three-match Test series against West Indies from 8th to 28th July 2020, subject to the approval of the UK government. While Rose Bowl (Southampton) will host the first game of this Test series from 8th July, Old Trafford (Manchester) will host the next two Tests which will begin on 16th and 24th July respectively.

The match venues have been chosen due to the attached hotels and can be turned into bio-secure environments. All the matches of this series will be played in empty stadiums.

West Indies Test captain Jason Holder feels that it is the huge step in cricket and they are serious about this England tour.

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Jason Holder (Image Credit: Twitter)

Holder said, “This is a huge step forward in cricket and in sports in general as we travel over to England for this series. A lot has gone into the preparations for what will be a new phase in the game.”

Joe Root
Joe Root. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Joe Root’s Participation In First Test Match Against West Indies Under Doubt

England captain Joe Root’s participation in the first Test match against West Indies in July is under doubt as he is expecting his second child’s birth around the same time. As per ECB guidelines, after attending his child’s birth, he would have to go under seven-days quarantine before rejoining the team for the rest of the two matches.

Currently, Joe Root is holding his individual training sessions at Trent Bridge rather than Headingly, where his other teammates are practicing. The first Test match against the West Indies will be played at Ageas Bowl from July 8-12 and Root’s wife is due around the same time, The Telegraph reported.

Test series being played under bio-secure environment:

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The 25-member West Indies squad will travel through chartered planes and will land the UK next week. At old Trafford, they will have to follow 14-day quarantine as per England’s government rules. They would be kept under a bio-secure environment to curb the spread of the deadly COVID-19. The players would not be allowed to leave their hotels, and a medical team would be with them who would continuously check their temperatures.

Joe Root has led England decently in the past:

The first Test match would be played from July 8 while the remaining two at Old Trafford (July 16-20 and July 24-28). And if everything goes well, England would host the next Test series against Pakistan from August. The two would also play the T20I series.

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England vs West Indies. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Notably, West Indies player Shimron Hetmyer, Keemo Paul and Darren Bravo have refused to travel England for their safety and family concerns. CWI confirmed that no disciplinary action would be taken against the trio.

Meanwhile, the England team had already resumed training sessions for 55 players at Headingly. Chris Woakes, Stuart Board and many other prominent players have joined the individual training camp.

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Shimron Hetmyer. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Cricket West Indies Reveals Why Keemo Paul, Darren Bravo And Shimron Hetmyer Refuse To Travel To England For Playing Test Series

The three mainstays of West Indies team Keemo Paul, Shimron Hetmyer, and Darren Bravo have refused to travel England to play the three-match Test series in July. Cricket West Indies Chief executive Johnny Grave revealed why the trio would not be joining the team for the tour.

In the recent conversation, Grave said that the board understands their reason for not travelling and would not force them to reconsider their decisions. Talking about Keemo Paul, Grave opined that Paul is the sole earner for his family so he is concerned if some mishap happens, his family would have to suffer.

Keemo Paul
Keemo Paul. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Keemo Paul is the sole breadwinner in his entire household and wider family. He was really concerned if something happened to him how his family would cope,” Grave told ESPNCricinfo.

“He wrote passionately about how hard a decision it was for him and how much he loves playing for West Indies, but with consultation with his family he doesn’t feel he can leave them and doesn’t want to go on the tour,” he said.

The youngster Shimron Hetmyer, who played a blistering knock against India last year, has become a pivotal player for Windies since his debut in 2017. Grave said that Hetmyer was worried about his safety and felt uncomfortable for leaving his family amid the crises. Bravo also gave the same reason. He said that he was not okay to travel to the UK and leave his young family.

No action would be taken against the trio: Cricket West Indies

Darren Bravo
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Grave informed that no disciplinary action would be taken against the trio. The board wants the players to play freely rather than worrying and doubting about their safety. So, CWI will support the decision of the players who don’t want to travel.

“It is in everyone’s interest if you are not comfortable to say so and not tour and be certain that it is not going to be held against you. Rather than go, be worried, and ultimately don’t perform or want to come home. So it is a good decision all round. We are still taking a strong Test side to England,” he said.

The 25-players travelling from the Caribbean to England through chartered planes will have to follow 14-day quarantine there. They will be provided with a bio-secure environment and will not be allowed to leave hotels. Notably, the players would arrive in England on Tuesday next week.