West Indies to wear 'BLM' logo during England series

West Indies players to wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo during Test series against England

England have stepped up their preparations for the upcoming Test series against the West Indies by moving into a bio-secure bubble.

The three-match Test series between England and West Indies will initiate the resumption of worldwide cricket next month.

The opening Test of the series, which will mark the resumption of worldwide cricket after the coronavirus-forced hiatus, will get underway at the Agaes Bowl in Southampton on July 8.

West Indies coach Phil Simmons said last week that Holder's rivalry with Stokes would be "huge" during this series.

Premier League soccer clubs have been wearing the logo since the season's restart as a tribute to protests against racial injustice following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

"We believe we have a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness", ESPNcricinfo quoted skipper Jason Holder as saying.

"We did not take our decision lightly", he said.

"We know what it is for people to make judgements because of the colour of our skin, so we know what it feels like, this goes beyond the boundary".

ECB's performance director Mo Bobat has said "our depth will get challenged" by a "pretty brutal schedule".

Deeney said he and Hosannah were overwhelmed by the gesture.

West Indies cricketers during a warm-up match at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Simmons travelled to the small private family cremation and returned on Friday.

With the first Test set to start in Southampton on 8 July, the England team will now continue their training in a strictly monitored and safe environment, limiting interaction with the outside world as much as possible.

Simmons attended the funeral of his father-in-law, who had died prior to the team's recent assembly in Manchester, having been given permission by medical officials.



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