Amidst the entire ruckus in America, an aftermath of the brutal murder of George Floyd, West Indies cricket team will be wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo on their Test shirts, in a Test series against England scheduled in July.
Skipper Jason Holder hinted in his first press conference of the tour that West Indies will certainly figure out a way to support the movement, given cricket has a major fan following worldwide. He said “We believe we have a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness”, in a statement on Sunday.
This logo is also used on the shirts of all 20 Premier League football clubs since the sport resumed earlier this month. Designed by Alisha Hosannah, her partner is too Deeney – captain of team Watford. Deeney was contacted by CWI for approval, and the International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved of the emblem to be worn on the teams’ collars.
“This is a pivotal moment in history for sports, for the game of cricket and for the West Indies cricket team,” 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.
“As a group of young men, we know of the rich and diverse history of West Indies cricket and we know we are guardians of the great game for generation to come.
“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.”
The logo is designed by Alisha Hosannah, whose partner Troy Deeney is Watford’s captain. Deeney was contacted by CWI for approval, and the ICC gave permission for the emblem to be worn on the teams’ collars.
Deeney also mentioned how proud he was for the logo to be a part of various sports. He said, “Alisha and I are immensely proud to be asked and take part in a monumental moment in world sport, this amazing decision by the West Indies cricket team to show their support for Black Lives Matter.
“Watching cricket with my grandad, and seeing Brian Lara transcend from being a cricketer to a worldwide superstar, shaped my childhood, so it’s great to be able to help West Indies cricket show their support in such a meaningful way.”
On Monday, that is the first day of award-up match between England and Windies, the shirts are expected to be worn for the first time, at Emirates Old Trafford.
Windies are not the only people to support a good cause. England are also expected to offer their support for the movement during the series, following discussions with the squad, and are likely to wear a blue arm-bands in recognition of the frontline NHS staff for their endless contribution during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Last week, England Cricket Board announced that the players would be wearing shirts with names of support key workers printed on their training shirts ahead of the first Test.
It is the first time ever in the history of cricket that West Indies’ shirts will feature a chest sponsor, like the one in football since 1970s. the ICC’s chief executive committee authorised the logo because apparently, it is a tough financial period for maintaining relations with sponsors, at least for the next 12 months.
The ICC also stated they would operate a “common-sense approach to the implementation of regulations” regarding demonstrations of solidarity with the movement, which would be assessed on a “case-by-case basis”.
Logos on the chest on the players’ shirts will not exceed 32 square inches in size, as per the regulations. England cricket team are expected to release their new shirt with a logo supporting their cause in next few days.
We think this is a great initiative by both the teams. The first Test is scheduled at July 8. We wish both the teams good health, safety, and best wishes.
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