WEST Indies players will wear the Black Lives Matter logo on their shirts during the Test series with England.
Cricket West Indies has received permission to use the logo from Watford striker Troy Deeney.
His partner Alisha Hosannah created the design, featuring a clenched fist of solidarity within a circle, which has appeared on Premier League shirts since the top-flight football resumed earlier this month.
Windies captain Jason Holder (pictured) said: ‘This is a pivotal moment in history for sports, for the game of cricket and for the West Indies cricket team.
‘We have come to England to retain the Wisden Trophy but we are very conscious of happenings around the world and the fight for justice and equality. We believe we have a duty to show solidarity and also to help raise awareness. There must be equality and there must be unity.’
Deeney said: ‘Alisha and I are immensely proud to be asked and take part in a monumental moment in world sport, this amazing decision by the West Indies cricket team to show their support for Black Lives Matter.’
■ SHOWERS frustrated the West Indies as the opening day of their second intra-squad encounter was washed out at Old Trafford. The four-day fixture is their final warm-up for the first Test with England, starting on July 8 at the Ageas Bowl.