Updated: September 12, 2020 11:09:48 am
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has defended its stance on range and equality after West Indies nice Michael Holding criticised England and Australia for not taking a knee in assist of the “Black Lives Matter” motion throughout their ongoing limited-overs sequence.
England wore “Black Lives Matter” logos on their shirts throughout their Test sequence in opposition to West Indies and took the knee to protest in opposition to racism, however opted to not proceed the apply in subsequent sequence in opposition to Pakistan and Australia.
“Now that the West Indies team has gone home, that doesn’t mean that you still shouldn’t be respecting the message and what it stands for,” Holding instructed Sky Sports.
“Yes, (racism) is extra acute within the United States than in most different locations however folks across the whole world took on the mantle of spreading the phrase and getting this message out that it’s time for equality and time for equal justice.
“It was no longer just a black versus white thing… so for Pakistan and England not to then take that signal… neither team did it and the ECB came out with a pretty lame statement, as far as I am concerned.”
Before the present sequence started, Australia skipper Aaron Finch stated his workforce wouldn’t take the knee as a result of “education is more important than the protest.”
The ECB issued a press release in response to former quick bowler Holding’s feedback.
“Our response to the Black Lives Matter debate has been to view the issue alongside the whole inclusion and diversity space, to ensure that long-term and sustainable change happens for all communities who are not treated equally,” it learn.
“Our refreshed inclusion and variety technique, printed firstly of the West Indies sequence, commits to a number of complete initiatives that concentrate on eliminating discrimination from all areas of cricket.
“England’s men’s and women’s players all remain committed to using their reach and influence to keep promoting inclusion and diversity in perpetuity, for the betterment of cricket and sport. We understand the importance of symbolism, and its power to keep an issue high on the agenda. Our goal is to ensure we deliver both reach and change.”
Holding took concern with Finch’s feedback, saying that elevating consciousness and training have been each vital instruments within the struggle for equality.
“(Finch) is saying that he’s glad he is part of a sport where no one is barred from playing, irrespective of your race, your gender, your ethnicity, your religion,” Holding added.
“Well, I don’t know any sport where anyone is barred from playing because of anything at all. So that’s a pretty lame statement.”
Former West Indies skipper Daren Sammy has additionally spoken out in favour of equality, urging cricket’s governing our bodies to deal with racism extra severely and pay it the identical consideration they offer to upholding the integrity of the sport.
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