The West Indies side will wear a Black Lives Matter logo on their shirt collars for the upcoming Test series against England, starting in less than two weeks.
The team from the Caribbean on Tuesday revealed the tribute, which has been worn on various sports shirts across the world recently – most notably by a number of Premier League teams.
The emblem was designed by Watford footballer Troy Deeney’s wife, Alisha Hosannah, while the International Cricket Council gave the West Indies permission for wearing it.
A few weeks ago former captain Darren Sammy became a vocal activist in the fight against racism in cricket when he called on the ICC and the respective governing bodies to do their part in raising awareness against the social injustice.
And, on Sunday, the current skipper of the West Indies, Jason Holder, said his team arrived in the UK conscious of their responsibility to use the platform of international cricket to do the same.
‘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,’ explained Holder.
‘We did not take our decision lightly. We know what it is for people to make judgements because of the colour 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 colour of their skin or ethnic background,’ the 28-year-old added.
The first of three Test matches between the visitors and England is set to start on 8 July at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, followed by the second and third encounters at Old Trafford in Manchester.
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