Chris Jordan states teammates will take a knee in T20 WC opener as the anti-racism gesture

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England pacer Chris Jordan recently stated that his teammates are considering taking a knee prior to the start of their T20 World Cup opener against the West Indies, who have confirmed to repeat the anti-racism gesture on October 23. The gesture of taking a knee came into being following the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minnesota in May 2020. It triggered ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests around the world and now Chris Jordan wants the English players to do the anti-racism gesture. The decision of the English players to stop doing it was heavily criticized by West Indies legend and anti-racism campaigner Michael Holding.

The last time England players took a knee was in August 2020 when they clashed with Ireland in an ODI. The England players did wear T-shirts sporting messages against any act of racism, religious intolerance, sexism, and other anti-discrimination slogans during the Test series against New Zealand.

Chris Jordan leaves it to the decision of the people

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Chris Jordan stated they are considering taking a knee at this month’s high-profile international tournament. “We’ll discuss it and if people feel strongly about, we’ll definitely do it. On the flipside, if we don’t, then we won’t,” Jordan was quoted as saying by ‘The Telegraph’.

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West Indies T20 skipper Kieron Pollard also confirmed his side plans to take the knee in every match, starting with the tournament opener against England.

He said: “From my knowledge at this present time, I think it’s something that we’re gonna continue because it’s something that we strongly believe in, as a team. Hopefully, we can just continue to show our support for something that I think is close to our hearts.”

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He was asked if he expects England to repeat the gesture. Pollard went on to say that everyone has their own opinions on racism and Black Lives Matter. Thereby he believes they can’t direct them to do or expect anything. because sometimes when you expect things from people you tend to get disappointed,” he said when

“Sometimes you just have to look at the man in the mirror and if we think it is something that is very very important to us, we will do it. And if the opposition thinks that as well – it’s up to them if they don’t”, said Pollard.

Highlights:

  • Chris Jordan and teammates consider taking a knee for anti-racism
  • Kieron Pollard and his side also confirmed taking a knee
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