English cricket tries to agree on ‘game-wide approach’ as a token of support for the fight against racism … but getting the hang of it has NO unanimous support among 18 top-notch counties
- English cricket wants a game-wide approach to support the fight against racism
- The ECB and the Association of Professional Cricketers are discussing an appropriate gesture
- But Sportsmail understand that taking a knee does not have unanimous support
- Other options ahead of the start of the new season, including an anti-racism shirt logo
English cricket is trying to agree on a game-wide approach in time for the new season to show solidarity with the fight against racism.
The ECB and the Professional Cricketers’ Association have spoken of an appropriate gesture, with one source admitting taking a knee is not out of the question – despite the England team’s decision midway through last summer’s international program to abandon the act .
That was criticized by prominent voices in the cricket debate on racism, including Michael Holding, who called the change of heart ‘lame’, and former West Indies captain Jason Holder.
English cricket wants a game-wide approach to show solidarity in the fight against racism
England decided to forgo taking the knee in the middle of last summer
Sportsmail understand that taking a knee does not have unanimous support among the 18 first-class provinces, with other options including an anti-racism shirt logo.
There is also a reluctance at the board level to dictate to the county cricketers exactly how to show their respect for the movement.
But both the ECB and the PCA understand the need for what Surrey director of cricket Alec Stewart called a “ unified approach ” on Thursday.
Hopefully there will be an agreement next Thursday at the start of the first round of the district championship games.
England was criticized by Sky pundit Michael Holding, who called the change of heart ‘lame’