(CMR) The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Thursday (July 2) that England would be joining the West Indies in wearing “Black Lives Matter” logos on the collar of their shirts.
“England Men’s Test squad will join the West Indies side to carry the Black Lives Matter logo on shirt collars during the three-match #raisethebat Test Series,” tweeted ECB.
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said that the move was “a message of solidarity” and “a drive for progress and societal change”.
“The England and Wales Cricket Board fully support the message that Black Lives Matter. It has become a message of solidarity and a drive for progress and societal change. There can be no place for racism in society or our sport, and we must do more to tackle it, ” said Harrison.
“Our support of that message is not an endorsement, tacit or otherwise, of any political organisation, nor the backing of any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity,” he added.
Cricket teams are currently preparing for the first Test in a bio-secure environment at the Ageas Bowl.
A bio-secure environment is part of a comprehensive operational protocol to ensure all players and staff can play safely due to the impact of COVID-19.