All players on the teams from England and the West Indies take a knee for their first test in the Ageas Bowl, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, as Test cricket returns after coronavirus lock
- Players from England and the West Indies took a knee for their first test
- Cricketers followed football by showing solidarity with Black Lives Matter
- Ben Stokes said England would make a “gesture” in support of the movement
- The first test will take place behind closed doors on Wednesday in the Ageas Bowl
Players from England and the West Indies showed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement by taking a knee together for their first test in the Ageas Bowl on Wednesday.
The gesture, which has become synonymous with the BLM movement, has been made before the start of the Premier League games since the season resumed last month. Formula 1 drivers also took a knee before Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.
When cricket returned to action for the first time since the lockdown, players on both sides followed suit in showing solidarity following talks between upcoming English captain Ben Stokes and his counterpart Jason Holder.
Players from England and the West Indies took a knee on Wednesday before the start of their first test
Cricket stars followed football and F1 to make the gesture to support Black Lives Matter
English captain Ben Stokes said it was important to show a “strong message” before the test
Rain had delayed the start of the game behind closed doors, but conditions later became clearer when England won the toss and chose to pause for a minute to kill the victims of the corona virus and legendary West Indian batsman Sir Everton Weekes. commemorate – who died last week.
And just before the procedure finally got underway, all players and the coaching staff in the bowl took a knee, with some raising their arms in the air.
English players who were not hitting got involved in the gesture outside the boundary line.
English players who were not hitting took a knee outside the boundary line before the start of the game
Both teams had agreed to show their support for the game behind closed doors
The BLM logo – designed by Watford footballer Troy Deeney’s partner Alisha Hosannah – will be worn on the collar of players from England and the West Indies during the three match # raisethebat series.
Prior to the first test, players from England had vowed to show their support for the movement. Write in his Sports email column, Jofra Archer, revealed that the dressing room in England is focused on a longer-term commitment to raising awareness.
“We want to show our support long after this series is over. It may not only carry the BLM logo, but it does other things, too, ‘Archer said.
“What happens in the future is still up in the air, but should be resolved by the end of the summer.”
Jofra Archer has promised that England’s support for Black Lives Matter is a long-term promise
Stokes had promised that England would send “a strong message” and show support for diversity and equality.
“A gesture is coming from us in support of Black Lives Matter,” he said. “We don’t show support for political issues. We are all about inequality in society.
“We have the opportunity to send a strong message and I am very excited to be part of it. Without the diversity we have shown as a team over many years, we may not be World Cup champions and one of the best test teams in the world. ‘
Englan players warmed up with the names of doctors on their training shirts in the Ageas Bowl
Players from England warmed up at the Ageas Bowl with the key workers’ names on their training shirts as part of an initiative to recognize them for their hard work and courage during the pandemic.
Captain Ben Stokes bore the name of Dr. Vikas Kumar, a specialist in anesthesia and intensive care at Darlington Memorial Hospital.
“We can only play this test match because of the great work key workers across the country have done to help us through this pandemic,” said Stokes.
“Carrying their name is a real honor to us and a small sign of our appreciation for the incredible work they have done.
“They really went to work for all of us and it makes me proud of how the whole cricket family has responded to help us through these unprecedented times.”
Dr Kumar admitted that the token of appreciation was “a great surprise.”
The idea was meant to show appreciation on the front lines during the pandemic
“The past four months have been very difficult, but it was a great surprise to find Ben Stokes of all people wearing my name on his training shirt,” he said.
“So many of my colleagues at work and at the cricket club have worked so hard and made great sacrifices, so this is for them too.”
Tom Harrison, CEO of the ECB, said: “Together with fans across the country, we are delighted that our England Men’s players are back on the cricket ground today. However, we will never forget the ones we lost and the sacrifices that so many people made during this pandemic.
“Key workers and volunteers across the country have often risked their own lives to keep us safe, and it is good to say a small thank you today to those of the cricket family who have made us so proud.”