T20 World Cup becomes a platform for teams to take an anti-racism stand

T20 World Cup: International Cricket Council has allowed players to express their support for a more equitable society.

The T20 World Cup teams fell to their knees after the International Cricket Council (ICC) offered them the opportunity to show their support against racism and discrimination.

“After some teams expressed the desire to take the knee, the ICC offered all teams the opportunity to do so if they wished,” ICC spokesperson said

T20 World Cup: The ICC has not issued any instructions in this regard but leaves the decision to the respective cricket boards/team management.

Consequently, India decided to kneel before Sunday’s match started, while the Pakistani players had their hands on their hearts.

Previously, both teams had to kneel in the first Super 12 match between England and the West Indies.

Australia and South Africa also did so before their tournament in Abu Dhabi, although Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, as confirmed by an ICC Sharjah press official, did not do so before Sunday’s match.

However, in the same spot on Monday, both Afghanistan and Scotland knelt before their game began.

At the post-match press conference, India captain Virat Kohli confirmed that the players were told by the management to take the knee. “That was communicated to us by the management. The Pakistan team agreed to pay their tribute towards the same cause, and then we accepted our side of things, as well. Yeah, that’s how it was decided,” he said.

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T20 World Cup: “I was glad to hear and actually messaged Ravi to confirm what took place,” Holding was quoted. The 67-year-old Jamaican has also written a book – Why We Kneel How We Rise.

T20 World Cup: As for the Indian team, the team management informed the players as soon as the BCCI approved the gesture. Just as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, the two starters, knelt on the field, the other out-of-bounds players did.

Overwhelmed by India’s gesture, former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding. Cricket face of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. Texted the Indian team’s head coach, Ravi. Via from his poignant anti-racism post on Sky Sports last year, Shastri, for the details.

The ICC doesn’t allow players to display messages “relating to political. Religious or racial activities”, but on the BLM movement, it decided to take a “common-sense approach”.

“The ICC stands against racism and is proud of the diversity of our sport. We support players using their platform to appropriately express their support for a more equitable society. ” The game’s global body had said in an emailed statement to Reuters in June last year.

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