Recently it was announced that the West Indies players would be wearing shirts with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ emblem on their collars. Now the England players are all set to join West Indies in showing support for the ‘Black Lives Matter in the upcoming Test series between England and West Indies. The English Test players will be wearing shirts with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ emblem on their collars just like the West Indies players. They will be wearing the ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo for the entire Test series. This decision comes up as a major boost to this moment as both the teams would be wearing it and thus spreading awareness.
West Indies will be facing England in behind closed doors over the course of July. The first Test is all set to begin on the 8th of July. As a show of solidarity with the movement campaigning for racial equality, England’s players will have ‘Black Lives Matter’ displayed on the collar of their shirts throughout the series after agreeing to do so with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB). This emblem was design by Alisha Hosannah, the partner of Watford captain Troy Deeney, and has been added to Premier League shirts for all games since the resumption of elite football in England last month. “It is important to show solidarity to the black community and to raise much-needed awareness around the topics of equality and justice” said the English Test skipper Joe Root, who will miss the first Test in Southampton due to the birth of his second child. “The England players and management are unified in this approach and will use the platform of international cricket to fully support the objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists. “It is very simple, we believe there is no room for racism of an form of discrimination, anywhere.”
Even the official Twitter account of the England and Wales Cricket Board(ECB) tweeted about this and officially confirmed this news yesterday. This series between England and West Indies is is going to be the first International cricket series since the COVID-19 break and thus is highly anticipated among all the cricket fans across the globe.