England players kneel before T20 World Cup match against Bangladesh after the ICC banned them from wearing special jerseys … following the withdrawal of Quentin de Kock in South Africa for refusing to perform the gesture
- Eoin Morgan’s team knelt before Saturday’s victory over the West Indies
- And again they made the gesture against racism before the shock of Bangladesh.
- The preference was to wear special shirts in what they called ‘moment of unity’
- But the ICC blocked England’s request because it contravened kit regulations.
- After the national anthems, players from both teams made the gesture
England’s players knelt before their clash with Bangladesh after the ICC banned them from wearing jerseys for a “moment of unity.”
After the national anthems, with Bangladesh batting first at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Ground, players on both sides dropped to one knee before the first ball was thrown.
Eoin Morgan’s team chose to kneel in their first T20 World Cup game against the West Indies in solidarity with their opponents’ position.
But they had planned to wear T-shirts to their second meeting instead of making the anti-racist gesture.
Players from England and Bangladesh knelt before the start of the game on Wednesday
The coaching staff at the limit also made the anti-discrimination gesture
England’s players got back on their knees having done so before the game against the West Indies.
The ICC later told England that its specially designed garments contravened kit regulations and that a rethink was required.
The shirts would have included slogans condemning seven different types of prejudice, going against the rules that establish that “approval will not be granted for messages that relate to political, religious or racial activities or causes.”
Thus, Morgan and company chose to sink to one knee before the start of the game in their second Super 12 match and the best way to deal with the issue of anti-discrimination has been a hot topic in Abu Dhabi.
Quinton de Kock of South Africa withdrew from the game against the West Indies because he refused to kneel, a gesture that the Proteas have adopted as policy.
West Indies made the gesture that England players wanted to reciprocate
South African star Quinton de Kock (left) was unavailable against the West Indies
He was replaced by Heinrich Klaasen, who joined his teammates in making the anti-racism gesture.
Issues related to “political, religious or racial” issues are controversial for a tournament held in the United Arab Emirates, where homosexuality is illegal.
It is also an offense in half of the 16 nations to have participated in the first round or Super 12 stage.
The debate on how best to address these issues while juggling the personal opinions of different players and the governing body will no doubt continue in the weeks to come.
England’s request to wear their ‘moment of unity’ jerseys was rejected by the ICC, but they wore similar garments before test matches in the summer.
It will be fascinating to see South Africa deal with the consequences of De Kock’s refusal to kneel, but England’s players are reassured that they were prevented from wearing the jerseys.
“Our position is that we oppose any form of discrimination, which we are passionate about,” explained Vice Captain Jos Buttler.
“What we would like to do is a moment of unity, which we did sometimes during our summer. The West Indies like to get down on their knees, so we wanted to reciprocate that in the first game. ”
Buttler and his teammates got off to a great start to the World Cup with a resounding victory in that opener and will look to back him up against Bangladesh, who beat Scotland in their opener.