The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today (July 2) announced that English cricketers would wear jerseys with the Black Lives Matter logo in the three-match Test series starting in Southampton.
It was already known that West Indies cricketers would wear jerseys with the Black Lives Matter logo in this England-West Indies series. The ECB and the cricketers have decided to follow the same path.
Alisha Hosana designed the Black Lives Matter Emblem. Cricket West Indies and ECB have contacted him and agreed to use the logo. ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison said, “The ECB fully supports the message of Black Lives Matter. It gives a message of solidarity. Racism has no place in our game world. We must do more to stop it. ‘
Tom Harrison has confirmed that they have no political affiliation with such work. They are prioritizing unity, where everyone is equal. He said the ECB would work to establish that cricket is everyone’s game and that everyone has equal opportunities here.
“It’s essential to show solidarity with the Black Communists,” said Joe Root, England’s regular Test captain. It is vital to raise awareness to ensure equal rights and justice. England cricketers and team management are united in this work. We are using the international cricket platform to show our support.
The three-match Test series between England and the West Indies starts on July 6 in Southampton. Joe Root is not in the first match. That match will be captained by Ben Stokes, his deputy Jos Butler.