The Windies cricketers will be sporting a ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo on the collars of their shirts during the upcoming three-match Test series against England to protest against racism in sports. Skipper Jason Holder, who has voiced his support to the cause that has once again come to the forefront after the killing of American George Floyd, said in a statement on Sunday that it’s their duty to solidarity and also to help raise awareness.
The logo has been approved by the ICC and it has been designed by Alisha Hosannah. Talking about the same to ESPNCricinfo, Holder said, “This is a pivotal moment in history for sports, for the game of cricket and for the West Indies cricket team. 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.”
Holder, who wants racism to be considered equal to doping and corruption, said they arrived at the decision to wear the logo after much thought.
The Windies skipper further added, “ We know what it is for people to make judgments because of the color of our skin, so we know what it feels like, this goes beyond the boundary. There must be equality and there must be unity. Until we get that as people, we cannot stop. We have to find some way to have equal rights and people must not be viewed differently because of the color of their skin or ethnic background.”
It can be expected that the Windies players are likely to wear the shirts for the first time in this week’s four-day warm-up match at Emirates Old Trafford, starting on Monday.
The opening Test of the series, which will mark the resumption of international cricket after the coronavirus-forced halt, will get underway at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on July 8.