The big West Indies Michael Holding has criticized England and Australia for choosing not to take a knee in support of the campaign to combat racial injustice and accuse them of making “lame” excuses. Playing in the great West Indies of the 1970s and 1980s, Holding recalled ugly incidents in July that he had experienced as a young cricketer on his visits to Australia and England. The former paceman spoke of how meaningful change was needed after George Floyd’s death in police custody in the United States, sparking a wave of protests around the world.
Cricketers in England and the West Indies took a knee at the start of each of their three tests in July.
The practice was repeated during England’s one-day international series against Ireland, but not in subsequent series against Pakistan and Australia.
England and Australia will play against each other in a three-game ODI series that starts at Old Trafford on Friday.
“I’m a little disappointed that since the England-Ireland series, when they took a knee, I haven’t seen any of the teams take a knee,” Holding said on his YouTube channel.
“Now that the team from the West Indies has gone home, that doesn’t mean you still shouldn’t respect the message and exactly what it stands for.”
Holding accused the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Australia captain Aaron Finch of making “lame” statements about ending training at a time when many other sports teams continue to adhere to it.
Finch said after raising the issue with English skipper Eoin Morgan, his team would not get on its knees, adding that “the training around it is more important than the protest”.
But Holding said, “So for Pakistan and England to not take that signal – because you are doing nothing but get down on one knee – you chant nothing, you say nothing, all you do is give a signal to the consciousness going on. hold.
“Neither team has done it and the ECB came up with a pretty lame statement as far as I’m concerned.”
The ECB said in response to Holding’s comments that many teams, both national and international, had taken the hang of it.
“Our renewed inclusion and diversity strategy, published at the beginning of the West Indies series, is committed to several comprehensive initiatives aimed at eliminating discrimination in all areas of cricket,” he said.
“The England players for men and women all remain committed to using their reach and influence to promote inclusion and diversity forever, for the betterment of cricket and sport.”
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