T20 World Cup 2021 – West Indies cricket team captain Kieron Pollard says his team will continue to kneel in the upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup. The upcoming World Cup will start from 23 October with the South Africa match against Australia as well as the defending champions West Indies team will start the tournament campaign with a match against England.
After the sudden murder of George Floyd in 2020 last year, the West Indies team and their staff members kneeled and raised their fists before every match to protest the Black Lives Matter slogan. Speaking during the team’s practice session on Tuesday, captain Kieron Pollard says he will continue this throughout the tournament.
“From my knowledge at this present time, I think it’s something we’re going to continue because it’s something that we strongly believe in, as a team,” Pollard said. “Hopefully we can just continue to show our support for something that I think is close to our hearts.”
West Indies started last year to take a knee from the match with England
This practice was started last year during West Indies and England matches when cricket came to a complete halt due to covid-19. Although it was criticized by former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding in a commentary match last year. When West Indies captain Kieron Pollard was asked about the rest of the teams, would they all want to do the same, Pollard says it is their choice.
“Everyone has their own opinions on racism and Black Lives Matter and all these things So, I can’t tell them what to do or expect anything because sometimes when you expect things from people you tend to get disappointed,” Pollard said.
“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,” he added.
Earlier this year, the Australian team was also seen kneeling on Australia’s tour of the West Indies, which Pollard spoke about in a scathing remark “because the West Indies are doing it” and that it was “not a matter of us just doing it and you supporting us and we’re looking for that sympathy.”
Chris Jordan – “Nothing has been discussed, really” with our team to take a knee in T-20 World Cup
The England fast bowler, while talking in Oman on Tuesday, said that the team has not yet thought about it in the upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup to take a knee before the start of the match.
“Nothing has been discussed, really” Jordan said. “We’ll discuss it and if people feel strongly about it, we’ll definitely do it. On the flip side, if we don’t, then we won’t. We’ll have to discuss that internally and then take it from there.”