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West Indies players to wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ emblem on shirts

Chennai: Jason Holder of West Indies during a practice session on the eve of the 1st one-day international (ODI) match against India, at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Dec 14, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

West Indies players will be sporting a ‘Black Lives Matter’ emblem on the collars of their shirts during the three-match Test series against England beginning July 8 at the Ageas Bowl.

The team has also been granted permission by the ICC to wear the emblem.

“This is a pivotal moment in history for sports, for the game of cricket and for the West Indies cricket team,” West Indies captain Jason Holder said.

“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.”

“We did not take our decision lightly. We know what it is for people to make judgments 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,” he added.

The hosts are also expected to show their support to the movement during the series following discussions within the squad.

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