Windies reaffirm their Black Lives Matter stance ahead of Proteas tour

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West Indies captain Jason Holder and his teammates take a knee during day one of the 1st #RaiseTheBat Test match. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
West Indies captain Jason Holder and his teammates take a knee during day one of the 1st #RaiseTheBat Test match. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The West Indies have reaffirmed their support of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and will wear the movement's logo on their shirts during the upcoming series against the Proteas, Australia and Pakistan.

The team famously took the knee and raised their fists during the first Test against England in July last year following the global outrage caused by the death of George Floyd in the United States.

That moment helped Sky Sports win a "Best Sports Programme" award at the Broadcast Awards in the United Kingdom last week.

Speaking to the West Indies cricket website, head coach Phil Simmons said his team's gesture would be remembered for years to come as a stand against racism. 

"What we saw during the tour of England was an historic moment and powerful message - a moment in sporting history that will be remembered for years to come," said Simmons.

"But more than that, it carried a message that reverberated around the world - that there is no place for racism and that as a West Indies team we will show our support for the cause as we strive for equality and justice for everyone everywhere to have a ‘level playing field’ on and off the field," he added.

The BLM logo will appear on the collar of the West Indies players' shirts over the next few months. 

South Africa tour to West Indies fixtures:

10-14 June, 1st Test - St Lucia

18-22 June, 2nd Test - St Lucia

26 June, 1st T20I - Grenada

27 June, 2nd T20I - Grenada

29 June, 3rd T20I - Grenada

1 July, 4th T20I - Grenada 

3 July, 5th T20I - Grenada

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