Cricket West Indies (CWI) confirmed on Monday their squad will wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ logos on the collar of their shirts throughout their 3-maytch Test series against hosts England next month.
Upon resumption, Premier League football clubs have been donning the logo to honor the protests against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who brutally died whilst in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.
West Indies have been allowed to use the same emblem designed by Watford skipper Troy Deeney’s partner Alisha Hosannah, the CWI said in a statement.
“We believe we have a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness,” West Indies captain Jason Holder said in a press release.
“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.” he added.
Holder had said on Sunday racism should be treated as seriously as the menaces of doping and match-fixing.
Troy Deeney, the Watford striker said it was an “amazing decision” by the West Indies team.
“When I got the call, I didn’t hesitate to respond, because I know as sportspersons in the spotlight, how important our efforts are to bring about change and the role we play in move towards change in our society,” said Deeney.
“… it’s great to be able to help West Indies cricket show their support in such a meaningful way.” he added.