England pacer Chris Jordan says his teammates are contemplating taking a knee forward of the beginning of the T20 World Cup in opposition to the West Indies, confirming a repeat of the anti-racist gesture on 23 October.
The final time England gamers took a knee was in August 2020 once they clashed with Ireland in an ODI and their choice to cease doing so was criticized by West Indies nice and anti-racism campaigner Michael Holding.
However, throughout the Test sequence in opposition to New Zealand, England gamers wore T-shirts sporting messages in opposition to racism, spiritual intolerance, sexism and different anti-discrimination slogans.
Jordan says he’s contemplating taking a knee at this month’s showpiece occasion.
“We’ll discuss it and if people feel strongly about it, we certainly will. On the flipside, if we don’t, we won’t,” Jordan was quoted as saying by ‘The Telegraph’ was cited.
West Indies T20 captain Kieron Pollard has confirmed that his crew is planning to take a knee each match from the primary match of the match in opposition to England.
“To my knowledge at this point in time, I think this is something that we will continue to do because it is something that we strongly believe in,” Pollard stated.
“Hopefully, we can continue to show our support for something that I think is close to our hearts.”
A kneeling gesture comes after the dying of African-American George Floyd by the hands of a police officer in Minnesota in May 2020. This triggered ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests the world over.
“Everybody has their own opinion on racism and Black Lives Matter and all these things,” Pollard stated.
When requested if he anticipated England to repeat the gesture, he stated, “So, I can’t tell them what to do or expect anything because sometimes when you ask people to do things.” If you count on it, you get disillusioned.”
“Sometimes you just have to look at that guy in the mirror and if we think it’s something that’s very important to us, we’ll do it. And if the opposition also thinks so – it is up to them whether they don’t.”
With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS