The ECB has said it remains committed to driving”critical shift” for those who think that cricket isn’t now a”match for these”, after criticism from Michael Holding to your decision to not take a knee throughout the Pakistan and Australia series.
athletes, officers and support staff on both sides played that the gesture of kneeling before all three Tests against West Indies – through that Holding along with his fellow Sky Sports commentator Ebony Rainford-Brent gave powerful testimony in their experience of racism in sport – and the three ODIs from Ireland.
But they didn’t do this throughout the Tests and T20Is against Pakistan, nor to the continuing visit of Australia, and Holding – the former West Indies fast bowler and vocal advocate of the Dark Lives Issue motion – ignored as”helpless” the reasons given by both England and Australia.
“All across the world it was no more a black versus white item, it was an issue of humanity coming together and picking’listen, we want everybody to be treated equally’,” Holding informed Sky.
“Therefore for Pakistan and England to not take that sign… that the ECB came out with a poor statement so far as I am concerned, and that I did not hear anything whatsoever around Pakistan, neither the players, nor even the plank ”
Talking about the motion before Australia’s excursion, Aaron Finch, the captain, stated that”schooling around it’s more significant than the demonstration”.
“We’re really pleased to play a sport in which it’s celebrated all over the world and everyone can play with it,” Finch said. “It does not matter what race, what religion, what type you’re from. Cricket is a sport for everybody and I am very proud of this.”
Holding, however, was unimpressed. “Today Australia come here and I see another weak statement by the Australia captain who’s stating that the England captain have spoken and they chose to not take a knee.
“I’d expect that anybody who gets involved with something like this [does it] since they wish to get involved,” he added. “So I’d hope that people that are joining in, and are still ready to take that things will need to change and will need to send a sign, will voluntarily do what they believe is suitable.”
In reaction to this criticism, the ECB reaffirmed its”enormous respect” to Holding’s views, added that it had been dedicated to a doctrine of”sustainable and long-term change” in reaction to the Dark Lives Issue motion.
This procedure that’s been pushed by the chief executive, Tom Harrison, who confessed in a meeting in July the board was forced to encounter a”uncomfortable truths” in announcing a variety of steps to diversify the game.
“Our answer to the Dark Lives Issue discussion, is to see the matter alongside the entire inclusion and diversity distance,” stated the ECB in announcement,”to make sure that sustainable and long-term change occurs for communities that aren’t treated equally. We stay committed to this doctrine.
“Our refreshed addition and diversity plan, printed at the onset of the West Indies series, devotes to many comprehensive initiatives that focus on removing discrimination from every area of cricket.
“England’s men’s and women’s players remain dedicated to with their own reach and influence to maintain promoting diversity and inclusion in perpetuity, for the enhancement of sport and cricket. We are aware of the value of symbolism, and its own capability to maintain an issue high on the agenda, our intention is to make sure we provide both change and reach.
“The ECB’s job is continuing in this area, alongside all our partners throughout the game. We’ll continue to update, share our progress and be liable for driving crucial change for those who don’t now feel like cricket is a sport for them.”