England right-arm seamer Chris Jordan has revealed that his team is considering kneeling in the upcoming T20 World Cup. England were among the first teams in world cricket to kneel in protest against racism.
The English team has not been on its knees since August 2020, when they played in the ODI series against Ireland at home. Instead, they have found other ways to do it, including wearing T-shirt sports messages against racial discrimination.
“We will discuss it and if people feel strongly, we will definitely do it. On Flipside, if we don’t do it, we won’t,” Chris Jordan was quoted as saying by The Telegraph.
The decision to stop kneeling gave rise to criticism of former West Indian great Michael Holding. He is one of the leading campaigners against racism from the cricket fraternity. England’s recent ending summer has seen them and New Zealand take ‘moments of unity’ to promote inclusion in the game.
The West Indies want to kneel in their opening match of the Twenty20 World Cup against England
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard has commented that they will probably be on their knees as the movement gets closer to them. But Pollard announced that he would not force anyone to do so. The top all-rounder says:
“From my knowledge at the moment, I think it’s something we’re continuing because it’s something we strongly believe in, as a team. Hopefully, we can support something that I think is close to our hearts.”
Racism and Black Lives Matter and everyone has their own opinion on all these issues. I can’t tell them what to do or expect something because sometimes when you expect something from people you get frustrated. “
England and the West Indies decided to kneel in the Test series after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minnesota last year. The two teams will face each other in the T20 World Cup for the first time since the 2020 Test series.