The English cricket stars wear the Black Lives Matter logo on shirts in series against the West Indies
The English cricket stars wear the Black Lives Matter logo on their shirts in Test series against the West Indies, but the ECB becomes the last group to distance itself from groups that politicize the movement
- The ECB insists that their use of the logo is not designed to be ‘political’
- Crystal Palace similarly supported the message behind Black Lives Matter
- Joe Root admitted that the group educates itself about racial inequality
- The first test, behind closed doors, against the West Indies starts on Wednesday
The English cricketers will be wearing a Black Lives Matter logo on their shirt next week when they look at the West Indies – although they are still debating whether to take a knee before Wednesday’s first test.
The ECB insists that their use of the logo designed by Alisha Hosannah, partner of Watford’s Troy Deeney, is not aimed at ‘politicizing’ the BLM movement, but at endorsing ‘progress and social change’.
Earlier on Thursday, Premier League club Crystal Palace supported Black Lives Matter’s message and criticized those who use the term to “ push their own political agenda. ”
England’s cricketers, led by Ben Stokes (left) next week, wear a Black Lives Matter logo
Crystal Palace FC supported Black Lives Matter’s message in a statement
Joe Root, who hands over the captaincy for the game to Ben Stokes on paternity leave, said, “It is important to show solidarity to the black community and create much-needed awareness on the issues of equality and justice.
“Most of us don’t understand what individuals with a BAME background have to endure when people judge because of the color of their skin. As a group we learn about this and we teach ourselves.
“It’s very simple: we don’t believe there is any place for racism or any form of discrimination.”
ECB CEO Tom Harrison added: “Our support for that message is not the endorsement, tacit or otherwise, of any political organization, nor the support of any group that calls for violence or condemns illegal activities.
Test captain Joe Root (center), who will be absent, spoke about the importance of ‘education’
England will compete against the West Indies in the first test next week at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton
“We are aware of certain aspects of the movement that promote their own political views, and their actions are in no way supported by the ECB and our players.”
It is clear that both players will participate in a hitherto undisclosed gesture of solidarity half an hour before the start of the closed-door test at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
Root, Stokes and West Indies captain Jason Holder lead the discussions, and the opportunity to take a knee – as Premier League footballers have done since returning from lockdown – remains an option.