Australia not to take a knee in support of ‘BLM’
Australian skipper Aaron Finch has stated that he and his team will not take the knee in a gesture of solidarity to support the Black Lives Matter movement before the start of the upcoming series against England. In the last two series West Indies and Pakistan played against England and West Indies took the knee down in solidarity with BLM.
Australia are scheduled to play a three-match T20 and ODI series against Eoin Morgan’s led England. They have arrived to England already and the first Twenty20 international will be start at the Ageas Bowl on Friday evening. This will be Australia’s first match after they had postponed all forms of cricket due to COVID-19 pandemic.
After a black guy called George Floyd was killed by white police in USA, there were lot of movement and protests regarding the black lives matter movement. A number of teams, leagues and sports across the world have taken a knee in a show of support to the movement. But the Australia side refused to take the gesture before the series. Finch said,
” The education around it is more important than the protest. The England and West Indies squads took a knee throughout their Test series. I have spoken to Eoin and we are not going to do specific gestures like it has happened in the past.
“For us, we are really proud to play a game where it is celebrated all around the world and anyone can play it. It doesn’t matter what race, what religion, what nationality you are from. Cricket is a game for everyone and I am really proud about that.”