WEST Windies cricketers pledge to fight against racism in sports

West Indies cricketers will sport a Black Lives Matter logo on the collars of their shirts during the upcoming three-Test series against England to protest racism in sports. Skipper Jason Omar Holder, 28, said in a statement. “We believe we have a duty to show solidarity and to help raise awareness against racism. “The ICC-approved logo, designed by Alisha Hosannah, will be the one which featured in the shirts of all 20 Premier League football clubs since the sport’s resumption earlier this month. “This is a pivotal moment in history for sports, for the game of cricket and for the West Indies cricket team,” Holder was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.“We have come to England to retain the Wisden Trophy but we are very conscious of the happenings around the world and the fight for justice and equality. “As a group of young men, we know of the rich and diverse history of West Indies cricket and we know we are guardians of the great game for the generation to come. “Holder pleaded for treating racism at par with doping and corruption.

Meanwhile, England skipper Joseph Edward Root popularly known as Joe Root, 29, is set to miss the opening Test against West Indies next week to attend the birth of his second child. Star all-rounder Ben Stokes will lead the team for the first time in Root’s absence. The first game of the three-Test series begins at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from July 8 and Root’s wife is due around the same time. Root has thrown his weight behind the all-rounder for being the interim captain, describing him as a “natural leader”.“He’s very well equipped to do a fantastic job for us,” Root told the BBC. Root is also a doubtful starter for the second Test as the skipper will be required to undergo seven days of self-isolation before joining the team.

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