The West Indies cricket team is looking to demonstrate solidarity with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ (BLM) movement during their England test match in July, it has been reported.
ESPNCricinfo quoted Captain Jason Holder as saying that the West Indies team believes it has a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness.
According to the website, West Indies will wear a Black Lives Matter emblem on the collars of their shirts during July’s Test series against England.
The BLM movement was re-energised when Afro-American George Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after a police officer kneeled on his neck.
The death triggered massive and at times violent protests in the United States and other countries.
A BLM rally was also held here in Saint Lucia.
Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police officer charged with killing Floyd and the three other officers accused of aiding and abetting in his death were expected to appear in court Monday.
Since the George Floyd incident, West Indies cricketers have spoken out against racism in the sport.
Some, like Saint Lucia’s Daren Sammy, have recalled that he was the victim of racism during his IPL stint in India.
West Indies skipper Jason Holder has called for strict action against players found guilty of making racist comments, saying they should be penalised just like dope offenders and match-fixers, according to a report in The Hindu.
The publication said that according to ICC rules, a player can be banned for life for on-pitch racist abuse if he breaches the anti-racism code three times.
A first offence results in four to eight suspension points, it said.