The England cricket staff took to the return of Take a look at matches — with the first Take a look at vs New Zealand at Lord’s starting on Wednesday — with a particular message towards all types of discrimination.
A second of unity was held earlier than play on Day 1, with the England gamers sporting messages towards any racism, non secular intolerance, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and ageism in cricket.
We return to worldwide cricket with a strong message.
Cricket is a sport for ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴏɴᴇ 🏏 pic.twitter.com/lDkTS215jy
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 2, 2021
It had been reported final week that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) had additionally given the England gamers permission to take a knee earlier than the Take a look at. “Like all of us, they really feel very strongly about all discrimination,” Ashley Giles, director of cricket, ECB, had informed Every day Mail.
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Former West Indies cricketer Michael Holding had criticised England final 12 months for not taking a knee in two sequence towards Pakistan and Australia after having began the follow in a earlier sequence involving West Indies. “Now that the West Indies staff has gone residence, that doesn’t imply that you just nonetheless shouldn’t be respecting the message and precisely what it stands for,” he had stated on his YouTube channel.
Batting first after successful the toss, New Zealand openers Devon Conway and Tom Latham took the guests to the primary drinks break with out fall of wickets.