West Indies Captain Kieron Pollard says the West Indies, in its stand against racism, will continue to take a knee before their matches at the men’s T20 World Cup later this month.
“From my knowledge at this present time, I think it’s something we’re going to continue because it’s something that we strongly believe in, as a team. Hopefully we can just continue to show our support for something that I think is close to our hearts,” Pollard said during a media session from the West Indies training camp in Dubai on Tuesday.
The West Indies began taking the knee before their matches following the murder of George Floyd, a black man, by a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, in the United States in 2020. However, the West Indies white-ball captain said it was not his place to encourage other teams to do the same.
West Indies open their campaign on October 23 against England and Pollard said whether their opponents take a knee is entirely up to them.
“Everyone has their own opinions on racism and Black Lives Matter and all these things. So, I can’t tell them what to do or expect anything, because sometimes when you expect things from people, you tend to get disappointed,” he said.
“Again, sometimes, you just have to look at the man in the mirror, and if we think it is something that is very, very important to us, we will do it. And if the opposition thinks that as well, it’s up to them. If they don’t, [it’s a matter of] personal choices.”
In October 2020, then West Indies Test captain Jason Holder expressed his disappointment that England’s players had stopped taking a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement during their series against Pakistan and Australia during the summer.
“I personally was a bit disappointed to see how the Pakistan and Australia tours went on after ours. That they were not showing their solidarity afterwards,” Holder said. “It’s a hard challenge and a long hard road. It’s not an overnight fix but the most important thing is we come together and see each other as equal human beings.”