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Holder: West Indies players will consider taking a knee to support anti-racism protests
Mark of Solidarity

Holder: West Indies players will consider taking a knee to support anti-racism protests

West Indies captain Jason Holder has hinted his side would be willing to take the knee during the Test series against England as a symbolic gesture to mark solidarity with the Black Lives Matter campaign.

Anti-racism demonstrations have gripped the whole world following the brutal police killing of an unarmed African-American man in Minneapolis. George Floyd, the victim, died as a result of a police officer kneeling upon his neck while he was handcuffed.

'Taking the knee' has thus become a symbolic way for sportsmen to support the broader goals of the protests against systemic racism.

Holder commented that such a move from the West Indies team would bring "positive energy" and send a message of support to those defying the unjust status quo.

"What has happened recently has impacted the world and the response from people around the world has been tremendous," he said.

"You must acknowledge it and protesting or standing up for what you believe is seen as noble and courageous and something I myself would never sit and disapprove of."

"It [taking a knee] will definitely -- probably -- be discussed amongst us and we'll decide how we'll go forward as a team with it," the fast bowling all-rounder added.

"I just want to make sure whatever we do, if we do anything, that it is done the right way."

Although known for taking a conservative line on such stands, the ICC has said it will use a 'common sense approach' when dealing with players looking to make a political statement.

Holder also suggested that the gesture could possibly drive the Caribbean squad to put in a strong performance against hosts England.

"Who knows? This could be something serious we could build on and we could get some real positive energy through the group."

Two-time World T20-winning skipper Daren Sammy recently addressed the issue of being subjected to racist jibes during his time at the Indian Premier League in 2013-14.

While Holder was reluctant to discuss the particular matter regarding Sammy's accusations, he acknowledged racism to be a huge obstacle for people of colour.

"I haven't had any personal experience of racial abuse in cricket...But I would be foolish to sit here and say that racism is not prevalent," he said.

"It is a crime throughout the entire world and something that will probably be an ongoing discussion way past our lifetimes.

"For me the greatest thing at the end of the day is unity, I just want equality to excel, so we can have less fighting, less killing, less adversity in society."