The England cricket team benefited from the return of test matches – with the 1st Test against New Zealand at Lord’s start on Wednesday – with a special message against all forms of discrimination.
A moment of unity took place ahead of the Day 1 match, with England players carrying messages against all racism, religious intolerance, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism and ageism in cricket.
We return to international cricket with a powerful message.
Cricket is a game for ᴇᴠᴇʀʏᴏɴᴇ 🏏 pic.twitter.com/lDkTS215jy
– England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 2, 2021
It was reported last week that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) also allowed England players to kneel before the test. “Like all of us, they are very sensitive to any discrimination,” said Ashley Giles, director of cricket at the ECB. Daily mail.
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Former West Indian cricketer Michael Holding criticized England last year for failing to kneel in two sets against Pakistan and Australia after starting training in a previous series involving the West Indies. “Now that the West Indies team has returned home, that doesn’t mean you should still not respect the message and what it represents exactly,” he said on his YouTube channel.
Beating first after winning the draw, New Zealand forerunners Devon Conway and Tom Latham took visitors to the first drink break without a drop in wickets.