While the world is openly protesting on Black Lives Movement, it did not show any sign of opposition to the ongoing England tour of Australia. After this both these teams have to face criticism. Now Australian cricket team coach Justin Langer has regretted this. He says that under the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign, there was not much talk in the team to sit on the knee and protest before the match.
England and West Indies cricketers did this before every match of the three-Test series in July but it was not seen during the tour of the Australian team. Australian captain Aaron Finch has previously said that after speaking to England captain Ian Morgan, he decided not to do so, as he felt the opposition had to create significant awareness. Asked about this, Langer admitted that the players should have talked more on this issue.
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He said, ‘I think we should have talked more on this. So much was happening and we definitely needed to talk more about it. Explain that in all three Tests against the West Indies and ODIs against Ireland, players, officials and support staff of both teams made a knee-jerk pose before the match started, but before the matches against Pakistan and Australia did not do.
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The great West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding did not like this. Recently he told about his experience of racism in sports which was discussed a lot. Holding had said, “Now that the West Indies team has returned home, it does not mean that you should not respect this message and what it means.” He said, ‘Yes, this (racism) in America is much higher than in other places but people all over the world took the responsibility to spread this campaign and give the message that now is the time for equality and this time for equal justice is.’
(With input of AP)