West Indies cricketers will wear a ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo on the collars of their jerseys during the upcoming three-Test series against England to protest against racism in sports and to raise awareness regarding equality.
Skipper Jason Holder, who has voiced his support to the cause, said in a statement on Sunday they arrived at the decision to wear the logo after much thought.
“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,” he said. “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 ICC approved the logo, designed by Alisha Hosannah, is the same one which featured in the shirts of all 20 Premier League football clubs since the sport’s resumption earlier this month.
The West Indies players are likely to wear the shirts for the first time in this week’s four-day warm-up match at Emirates Old Trafford, starting on Monday. A three-match Test series between England and West Indies will mark international cricket’s resumption at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on July 8.