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England to kneel before Bangladesh clash after ICC banned ‘unity’ jerseys

England will kneel before T20 World Cup match against Bangladesh after ICC banned ‘unity’ jerseys … Eoin Morgan’s team will object after South African star Quinton de Kock refused to follow the team orders

  • Eoin Morgan’s team knelt before Saturday’s victory over the West Indies
  • England wanted to show off their ‘moment of unity’ jerseys on Wednesday
  • But the ICC rejected his request because it contravenes the kit’s regulations.
  • Quinton de Kock sparked controversy by withdrawing from T20 match on Tuesday


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England became embroiled in the thorny debate over pre-match anti-racist gestures after it emerged that the ICC had rejected their request to wear their ‘moment of unity’ shirts because they contravened uniform regulations.

Hours after South Africa’s Quinton de Kock withdrew from the game against the West Indies because he refused to kneel, England were seriously considering making the gesture ahead of Wednesday’s game against Bangladesh in Abu Dhabi.

Eoin Morgan’s team knelt before Saturday’s victory over the West Indies, a decision they said was based on respect for the West Indies position.

England's request to wear their 'moment of unity' shirts was rejected by the ICC

England’s request to wear their ‘moment of unity’ shirts was rejected by the ICC

But that was the first time an England team got down on their knees since their one-day series at home against Ireland in 2020.

And while it looks like they’re going to do it again on Wednesday, their preference would have been to wear the jerseys first displayed by the test team at the start of the series against New Zealand at Lord’s in June.

The ICC has made it clear that, a month ago, they offered all teams the opportunity to oppose racism. But when England asked if they could wear their shirts again, the request was rejected.

The problem is that the jerseys carry slogans that condemn seven different types of bias and therefore go against kit regulations that state that “no approval will be given for messages that relate to political, religious or political causes or activities. racial “.

Eoin Morgan's team knelt before Saturday's victory over the West Indies

Eoin Morgan's team knelt before Saturday's victory over the West Indies

Eoin Morgan’s team knelt before Saturday’s victory over the West Indies

It is understood that England’s management and players are relaxed about the decision and have chosen to take a “reciprocal” approach in pre-match gestures. As such, they will also kneel when they face South Africa, for whom the move became official team policy, in Sharjah one week on Saturday.

“Our position is that we oppose any form of discrimination, which we are passionate about,” Vice Captain Jos Buttler said. “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. ”

The issue of posts that relate to ‘political, religious or racial’ issues is especially sensitive 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.

Meanwhile, Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban have banned women from playing this game, forcing many to hide or flee the country entirely.

The debate over pre-match gestures will intensify as South Africa ponders how to react to De Kock, but for now England will focus on achieving two wins out of two against a Bangladeshi side they have never faced before in 16 years of T20 international matches. .

South Africa goalkeeper Quinton de Kock was unavailable for the West Indies match

South Africa goalkeeper Quinton de Kock was unavailable for the West Indies match

De Kock was replaced by Heinrich Klaasen, who took the knee, as Proteas' wicketkeeper.

De Kock was replaced by Heinrich Klaasen, who took the knee, as Proteas' wicketkeeper.

South Africa goalkeeper Quinton de Kock was unavailable at the T20 World Cup

The Bangladeshis have a handful of top-notch players, including the all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, the speedy left-armed Mustafizur Rahman and the hitter and former captain Mushfiqur Rahim. And they recently managed a 4-1 win over Australia on home fields adapted to their spinners, followed by a 3-2 win over New Zealand.

Buttler said all the right things about “the great challenge they will throw at us”, but England also knows that Bangladesh is the weakest side of a small group. In last week’s first round, they were beaten by Scotland, while on Sunday they dropped a strong position against Sri Lanka.

But Wednesday’s match will be England’s only unlit match of the tournament, eliminating the possibility of the afternoon dew hampering Bangladesh’s slow players. And for all the cruelty Morgan’s bowlers showed in firing the West Indies for 55, their hitters were quietly grateful for Buttler’s 24 undefeated as they did some heavy lifting with the small target.

Fast pitcher Mark Wood is unlikely to return from an ankle problem until Saturday’s third game against Australia. And with Tom Curran battling a knee problem, England could present an unchanged side.

Now they could use an unchanged result in a format where, as Buttler put it, “Anyone can beat anyone in their day.”

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