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West Indies players to don jerseys bearing 'Black Lives Matter' logo
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West Indies players to don jerseys bearing 'Black Lives Matter' logo

The West Indies cricket team will wear shirts with "Black Lives Matter" logos on them during their upcoming Test series against England.

The decision has been taken to show solidarity with the global anti-racism movement sparked in the aftermath of the killing of an unarmed African-American man, George Floyd, by a police officer in the USA.

The tourists will follow the example of English Premier League footballers, who have also 'taken the knee' before the start of all competitive matches.

West Indies skipper Jason Holder noted his team was focused on exhibiting a strong performance on the field but said there were important issues to address.

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

"This is a pivotal moment in history for sports, for the game of cricket and for the West Indies cricket team," he was quoted as saying in the statement given by Cricket West Indies.

"We have come to England to retain the Wisden Trophy but we are very conscious of happenings around the world and the fight for justice and equality.

"We believe we have a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness."

Holder called for equality amongst all races and acknowledged that people of colour had to deal with problems of systemic racism.

"We did not take our decision lightly," he said.

"We know what it is for people to make judgements because of the colour of our skin, so we know what it feels like, this goes beyond the boundary.

"There must be equality and there must be unity. Until we get that as people, we cannot stop."

The first of the three historic Test matches between West Indies and England will be held on July 8 at the Ageas Bowl. The five-day clash will mark the extended drought of international cricket due to the coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc on the sporting calendar.

All the matches will be staged without spectators while players will have to adjust to the interim regulation changes including the ban on the use of saliva on the ball.