England set to honour Black Lives Matter movement in the series against West Indies

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England vs West Indies - 5 T20I Match Series
England vs West Indies – 5 T20I Match Series

 

In the upcoming series, the English side, as per the reports, would mark the much talked about Black Lives Matter movement during the series with West Indies. The English skipper said that her side will honor the Black Lives Matter movement during the five-match T20 series with West Indies. The first match is scheduled at The Incora County Ground in Derby.

Heather Knight said that “We’ve had a chat as players and we definitely want to do something to honor the movement. I’ll speak to (West Indies captain) Stafanie Taylor to work out what it will look like for both teams”.

It has to be noted that both the teams are under separate bio-bubbles as per the stern regulations in these times. Knight, as said, would have a word over messaging with Stefanie on the best possible way to mark the movement. Knight, however, confirmed that the English side will sport the BLM logo on their shirts.

It can be recalled that England and West Indies teams, when their men were facing each other, took a knee before the start of play. Women, on the other hand, will be playing their first competitive cricket after the world cup held earlier this year in Australia. Knight took the opportunity to thank the Windies side for agreeing on playing series.

The agreement became vital as the scheduled tri-series between South Africa and India along with England was called off in the wake of the novel pandemic. Knight recalls that while she was training for the second day, she got the news that Proteas have backed off from the tri-series. She acknowledges that Windies have been great in their approach and the intent.

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The series will be important for players of both the teams as they would not only be playing after a while but they shall also have to face the new normal amidst fears of Coronavirus. The sides will feel the need to prove themselves in times when men are the priority of the administrators.

Adding a social message to the game will take the message to millions throughout the globe and present the players in a good light as well. Responsible societies have a great contribution from the sporting fraternity as well and it’s heartening to see Women cricketers stepping up.

Source: BBC

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