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.

He also called out the International Cricket Council to take action against racism in the sport.

Sammy was joined by his Windies teammate, Chris Gayle, who spoke about being racially abused himself all through his career.

Former West Indies paceman Ian Bishop also spoke in support of people who have had to face racism through their life.

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.

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.

Former Sri Lanka cricketer Kumar Sangakkara also spoke about the phenomenon of racism and how we could tackle them in a thread of tweets.

Sports Journalist Jarrod Kimber listed out a few cricketers who could not progress through the game because of systematic racism.

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Ishara S. Kodikara