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England players will wear Black Lives Matter logo against West Indies

by Nadia Talbert (2020-08-01)


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England's cricketers will wear a Black Lives Matter logo on their shirt next week when they face West Indies - though they are still debating whether to take a knee before the start of Wednesday's first Test.

The ECB are insistent that their use of the logo, designed by Alisha Hosannah, the partner of Watford's Troy Deeney, is not aimed at ‘politicising' the BLM movement, but at endorsing ‘progress and societal change'.

Earlier on Thursday, Premier League club Crystal Palace backed the message of Black Lives Matter and criticised those who use the term to 'push their own political agenda'.   

England's cricketers, led by Ben Stokes (left) next week, will wear a Black Lives Matter logo

Crystal Palace FC have backed the message behind Black Lives Matter in a statement

Premier League footballers have been wearing 'Black Lives Matter' logos on their shirts

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Joe Root, who will hand the captain's armband for the game to Ben Stokes because of paternity leave, said: ‘It is important to show solidarity to the black community and to raise much-needed awareness around the topics of equality and justice. 

‘The majority of us do not understand what individuals from BAME background have to go through when people make judgments because of the colour of their skin.

As a group, we are learning about this and educating ourselves.

‘It is very simple: we believe there is no room for racism or any form of discrimination, anywhere.'

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison added: ‘Our support of that message is not an endorsement, tacit or otherwise, of any political organisation, nor the backing of any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity. 

Test captain Joe Root (centre), who will be absent, anchortext (https://www.crackingdrupal.com/errata/not-just-huawei-guide-chinas-biggest-and-best-smartphone-makers) spoke about the importance of 'solidarity'

England take on the West Indies in the first Test next week at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton

'We are aware of certain aspects of the movement that promote their own political views, and their actions are not supported in any way by the ECB and our players.'

It is understood that both sets of players will take part in an as yet undisclosed gesture of solidarity in the half-hour before the start of the behind closed doors Test at Southampton's Ageas Bowl.