Following the murder of an African-American citizen named George Floyd at the hands of an American police officer, a video went viral where the police officer was seen choking his victim to death by kneeling on his neck. This atrocious incident has left many aghast and has led to widespread protests in USA.
Many members of the cricketing fraternity took to social media to join the protest against such racist acts, lending their support to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Here are some of the social posts in solidarity with the movement.
Former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy was very vocal about his support for the movement.
For too long black people have suffered. I’m all the way in St Lucia and I’m frustrated If you see me as a teammate then you see #GeorgeFloyd Can you be part of the change by showing your support. #BlackLivesMatter— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) June 2, 2020
He also called out the International Cricket Council to take action against racism in the sport.
. @ICC and all the other boards are you guys not seeing what’s happening to ppl like me? Are you not gonna speak against the social injustice against my kind. This is not only about America. This happens everyday #BlackLivesMatter now is not the time to be silent. I wanna hear u— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) June 2, 2020
Sammy was joined by his Windies teammate, Chris Gayle, who spoke about being racially abused himself all through his career.
✊🏿🇯🇲✊🏿 pic.twitter.com/kyJP7GxnlK— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) June 1, 2020
Former West Indies paceman Ian Bishop also spoke in support of people who have had to face racism through their life.
The pain is real. People are crying out to be heard. They are hungry. They feel hopeless. They feel helpless. They feel neglected & subjugated. This is not the social contract that was agreed to decades ago. We need leaders who will help, heal, empathize & inspire at all levels.— Ian bishop (@irbishi) June 1, 2020
In India, Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund was among the first people to speak up against the violence. His story of racial abuse was shared by Karnataka pace bowler, Dodda Ganesh.
This story of @mukundabhinav, reminded me of the racial jibes I went through in my playing days. Only an Indian legend was witness to it. It only made me strong & didn’t deter me from playing for Ind & ovr 100 mts for Karnataka @StarSportsKan— ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) June 3, 2020
ಕಪ್ಪಗಿರೋರು ಮನುಷ್ಯರೇ. ಮೊದಲು ಮಾನವರಾಗಿ. pic.twitter.com/ZV8c8YPmpM
The English Cricket Board was also quick to show it’s solidarity with the movement, which is gaining quick ground all across the world. They uploaded a picture of pacer Jofra Archer and his teammates after the World Cup triumph. The young prodigy has been at the receiving end of racial slurs all through his career, more recently in December 2019, playing a Test match against New Zealand at the Bay Oval.
We stand for diversity,— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 1, 2020
We stand against racism. pic.twitter.com/onhWj07n2i
Former Sri Lanka cricketer Kumar Sangakkara also spoke about the phenomenon of racism and how we could tackle them in a thread of tweets.
The activism in America against systemic racism and injustice is a powerful lesson to us all.— Kumar Sangakkara (@KumarSanga2) June 3, 2020
Whichever country we live in, be it America, Sri Lanka or another, it is not the State that should determine our sensibilities and sensitivities.
That’s your choice and mine.
Sports Journalist Jarrod Kimber listed out a few cricketers who could not progress through the game because of systematic racism.
Krom Hendricks— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) June 2, 2020
These are just some of the early cricketers whose careers were limited - or never started - because of the colour of their skin. #blacklivesmatter
Feature image courtesy: AFP / Ishara S. Kodikara