Cricket

Cricket West Indies joins cricketers in speaking out against racism, pledges support for players

Cricket West Indies said people from the island nations have fought their battles to retain their dignity and identity over decades and returned victorious.

Cricket West Indies joins cricketers in speaking out against racism, pledges support for players

The Caribbean people have fought many battles "on and off the field" against discrimination faced by people of colour, said Cricket West Indies as it joined its players in condemning racism after the death of an unarmed African-American sparked widespread protests across America.

File image of West Indies cricket team. AP

File image of West Indies cricket team. AP

Protests have erupted in America after George Floyd died gasping for breath as a white policeman in Minneapolis pressed his knee into the hand-cuffed man's neck.

"We join our cricketers, other cricket stakeholders, all sportsmen, sportswomen, and sports administrators, in speaking out against all forms of racism and inequality," CWI said in a statement.

Global sports icons from Tiger Woods to West Indies cricketers like Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy have come out to speak openly against the racism faced by people of colour throughout the world.

The CWI said people from the island nations have fought their battles to retain their dignity and identity over decades and returned victorious.

"The people of the West Indies have fought many battles of our own, on and off the field. We have been blessed to witness the prowess, determination and leaders of our cricketing heroes who united the Caribbean and brought great success and pride to our people," it stated.

After the flamboyant Gayle narrated how he was a victim of racism, two-time World T20 winning West Indies captain Sammy urged the ICC to condemn such behaviour.

"Right now, if the cricket world not standing against the injustice against people of color after seeing that last video of that foot down the next of my brother you are also part of the problem," Sammy had said on Tuesday.

The CWI made it clear that it stood by its players.

"Our cricketing heroes helped in large measure to pave the way for cricket and our West Indian societies to thrive at home, and generated great enjoyment and dignity for the West Indian diaspora abroad while they faced their own experiences of inequality and injustice in their adopted homes."

"We therefore support all sporting icons and role models who are today leading the way in peacefully protesting and standing against the scourge of racism and injustice."

Updated Date: June 03, 2020 18:01:20 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read

Watch: Team India players show off their new jersey in a headshot session
First Cricket News

Watch: Team India players show off their new jersey in a headshot session

The jersey has three stars imprinted over the BCCI emblem that denotes the three World Cup wins of India in 1983, 2007, and 2011.

ICC announces changes to playing conditions, saliva ban made permanent
First Cricket News

ICC announces changes to playing conditions, saliva ban made permanent

The changes to ICC's Playing Conditions were made after the Chief Executives' Committee (CEC) ratified recommendations made by the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly-led ICC Cricket Committee.

IN PICS: Meet WAGs of Australian cricketers
Photos

IN PICS: Meet WAGs of Australian cricketers

From David Warner's wife Candice Warner to Glenn Maxwell's Indian origin partner Vini Ramani, meet Australia cricket players' wives and girlfriends.