Without diversity, cricket is nothing, ICC on racism after Floyd’s death

The United States has been trembled by the killing of black George Floyd by white police. Violence erupted across the United States on May 25 after 46-year old Floyd was killed by local police in Minneapolis.

Without diversity, cricket is nothing, ICC on racism after Floyd's death

Curfews were imposed in all major cities due to the seven-day protests. However, the protests are now spreading not only in the United States, but all over the world.

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Many sports stars are participating in this movement against caste discrimination along with the common people. Hundreds of football stars, including basketball, baseball, golf stars as well as Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Trent Alexander-Arnold, have expressed solidarity with the movement through social media. Even the international football governing body FIFA has issued a statement on this.

This anti-apartheid movement has cast a shadow over football as well as cricket. Darren Sammy, Chris Gayle have been vocal about this from the beginning. This time the International Cricket Council (ICC) cleared their position. The ICC posted a 90-second video of the 2019 World Cup final on its official Facebook page on Friday (June 5th).

A video posted by the ICC shows England cricketers celebrating the final after pacer Jofra Archer bowled the last ball of the thrilling super over. The centerpiece of the celebration is the Archer of Caribbean descent. The England team is made up of players from many nations. The team’s captain, Eoin Morgan, is an Irishman. New Zealand-born Ben Stokes, the team’s best performer in the World Cup, two spinners Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid are of Pakistani descent. The team’s opener Jason Roy is of South African descent.

Even after winning the World Cup, England captain Morgan himself admits that diversity has united the team. And that is the secret of their success.

Not only in the England team, but also in the gallery of the final, among the cheerful spectators and supporters, the combination of many castes and nations was easily noticed. The ICC has described this diversity as the beauty of cricket.

The ICC wrote in the caption of the video, “Without diversity, cricket is nothing. Without diversity, you don’t get the full picture.”

Earlier, Chris Gayle, the most successful batsman in the history of T20 cricket among cricketers, and Darren Sammy, the West Indies World Cup-winning T20 captain, spoke out against racism. Sammy even called on the ICC to come forward in support of black cricketers.

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