The West Indies cricket team has been a staunch supporter of “Black Lives Matter” in the sports arena.
On their tour of England over the past summer both teams took the knee and wore ‘Black Lives Matter’ logos on their shirts in support of the call for racial injustice.
In a press report, New Zealand cricket coach Gary Stead reportedly said they would meet with the West Indies to discuss similar actions to that which obtained in England.
“What happens in terms of taking a knee or anything like that will be discussed with West Indies,” Stead told reporters in Auckland few days ago, ahead of the first Twenty20 match on Friday.
“We are meeting with them to make sure we understand how they feel about it and understand their point of view.
“It is part of our education.”
New Zealand Cricket has been working with the country’s Human Rights Commission around their ‘Give Nothing To Racism’ campaign as part of the process, Stead added.
NZC will also display anti-racism messages around grounds during the series.
“We are pairing up with them in terms of our own message around that and making sure that we have our own stance on those things,” Stead said.
West Indies captain Jason Holder and the team were given an award for their efforts to spread the anti-racism message that was amplified by the death of George Floyd in the United States earlier this year.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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