Holder urges ICC to treat racism like match-fixing and doping
Calling for a severe penalty against racism in cricket, West Indies Test captain Jason Holder has advised the International Cricket Council (ICC) to treat racism as seriously as match-fixing and doping. His proposal came in the wake of ongoing anti-racism protests following the killing of Africa-American, George Floyd in the United States.
“I don’t think the penalty for doping or fixing should be any different for racism. This is a pivotal moment in the history of sports, for the game of cricket and the West Indies Cricket team. We have come to England to retain the Wisden Trophy, but we are very conscious of happenings around the world and the fight for justice and equality,” Holder was quoted as saying by BBC Sport.
The 28 years old cricketer also suggested to include an anti-racism feature before every cricket series in order to educate the players more about it. “In addition to having anti-doping briefings and anti-corruption briefings, maybe we should have an anti-racism feature before we start a series. My message is that more education needs to go around it,” he added.
Meanwhile, it has been learned that the West Indies cricket team will display “Black Lives Matter” signs on their jersey during the upcoming three-match Test series against hosts England.
“As a group of young men, we know of the rich and diverse history of West Indies cricket and we know we are guardians of the great game for the generations to come. We did not take our decision lightly. We know what it is for people to make judgments because of the color of our skin. There must be equality and there must be unity. Until we get that as people, we cannot stop,” Holder said