Ponting says ‘we should be talking about it’, reacts to Finch’s remarks on not taking a knee

Dubai, September 20

“We should certainly be talking about it,” mentioned Australian batting nice Ricky Ponting whereas elucidating present restricted overs skipper Aaron Finch’s latest stand on not taking a knee in help of the Black Lives Matter motion.

While gamers from the England and West Indies groups took the symbolic place on the sector earlier than the beginning of each match of their three-Test collection in July, the identical has not occurred throughout Australia’s tour of England.

Finch had mentioned his workforce determined towards taking a knee after elevating the matter with England skipper Eoin Morgan as a result of “education around it is more important than the protest”.

Asked in regards to the remarks that didn’t go down effectively with West Indian tempo legend Michael Holding, Ponting mentioned, “I think what Finch was trying to say (is) that people need more education on the issue before taking a proper stance on it or putting across a protest.”            

Holding has been a vocal advocate of the motion that gained momentum with the killing of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis after being pinned to the bottom by a white police officer for allegedly utilizing a counterfeit invoice.

Speaking throughout InsideSport’s ‘Amstrad Face 2 Face Cricket Series’, Ponting added on the difficulty, “It’s not simply in regards to the Australian cricket workforce, it’s about Australian cricket and it’s in regards to the world sport.

“It’s a huge issue in world society at this point and as cricketers we should do what we can to help the cause or around that cause. We should certainly be talking about it.”                  

Asked about Australia’s stance on the BLM motion throughout their tour of England, head coach Justin Langer acknowledged it might have been mentioned extra upon the squad’s arrival within the UK as the primary sports activities workforce from Australia to journey abroad for the reason that COVID-19 pandemic broke. PTI   

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