Manchester, September 11
Former West Indies quick bowler Michael Holding has criticised England and Australia for not taking a knee in assist of the “Black Lives Matter” motion throughout their ongoing limited-overs collection.
England wore “Black Lives Matter” logos on their shirts throughout their Test collection in opposition to West Indies and took the knee to protest in opposition to racism, however opted to not proceed the observe in subsequent collection in opposition to Pakistan and Australia.
“Now that the West Indies team has gone home, that doesn’t mean that you still shouldn’t be respecting the message and what it stands for,” Holding advised Sky Sports.
“Yes, (racism) is extra acute within the United States than in most different locations however folks across the complete world took on the mantle of spreading the phrase and getting this message out that it’s time for equality and time for equal justice.
“It was no longer just a black versus white thing… so, for Pakistan and England not to then take that signal… neither team did it and the ECB came out with a pretty lame statement, as far as I am concerned.”
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) stated in response that it was dedicated to “long-term and sustainable change” and had launched “initiatives that focus on eliminating discrimination from all areas of cricket”.
Before the present collection started, Australia skipper Aaron Finch stated his crew wouldn’t take the knee as a result of “education is more important than the protest”.
Holding disagreed with Finch, saying that elevating consciousness and training had been each vital instruments within the battle for equality.
“(Finch) is saying that he’s glad he is part of a sport where no one is barred from playing, irrespective of your race, your gender, your ethnicity, your religion,” Holding added.
“Well, I do not know any sport the place anybody is barred from enjoying due to something in any respect. So that is a fairly lame assertion.
“I’m not here to try to force people to do what they do not want to do. If you think you do not need to sympathise with and recognise the movement, just say that. Don’t come up with lame excuses.”
Former West Indies skipper Daren Sammy has additionally spoken out in favour of equality, urging cricket’s governing our bodies to deal with racism extra significantly and pay it the identical consideration they offer to upholding the integrity of the sport. Reuters