England will join the West Indies to kneel down ahead of their T20 World Cup opener on Saturday, but are likely to return to a pre-match “Moment of Unity” for their other matches, if ICC permits.
Both teams dropped to their knees before matches during their series of tests in England last July, which was the first international cricket played after the coronavirus stop and also since the death of George Floyd in the United States.
England continued the move in their ODI series against Ireland the following month, but have not knee since.
The great Michael Holding of the West Indies was among those who criticized the decision to end the practice, which was eventually replaced by a “Moment of Unity” for the Test series against New Zealand this summer, in which the players wore anti-discrimination t-shirts.
However, as Eoin Morgan’s team begin their World Cup campaign in a repeat of the 2016 final, they will once again kneel alongside the West Indies.
“We have heard from the West Indies that they will kneel down and we will join them for this first game,” confirmed captain Morgan.
“In the games that go on from there, we have spoken to the ICC about the potential of a moment of unity before the game, as we have, but it has not yet been clarified whether that is a possibility or not. . “
Meanwhile, Morgan has confirmed that all-rounder Liam Livingstone is “in great shape” after his injury scare in Monday’s warm-up match against India.
Livingstone was forced off the field after injuring his finger in India’s 16th round as they managed to chase 189 for the win with more to spare but is expected to play against the West Indies.
Morgan did not play against India, having only recently joined the team after his role as captain of the Kolkata Knight Riders until the IPL Final, but will play the final warm-up match tomorrow against the New Zealand.