England Girls v West Indies Girls 2020

England and West Indies Girls plan to honour the Black Lives Matter motion once they start their long-awaited T20I sequence subsequent week.

Heather Knight, the England captain, has been involved along with her West Indies counterpart, Stafanie Taylor, and the pair plan to additional focus on how greatest to mark the motion in the course of the five-game contest beginning on Monday.

The groups additionally will even put on the Black Lives Matter emblem on their shirts, simply because the England and West Indies males’s groups did throughout their Take a look at sequence in July. Each groups and their assist employees additionally took a knee earlier than play all through that sequence, as did England and Eire throughout their three ODIs.

However England, Pakistan and Australia opted to not carry out the gesture of their subsequent sequence, drawing criticism in recent days from former West Indies nice turned commentator Michael Holding.

“We’ve had a chat as players and we definitely want to do something to honour the movement and give our support to it and keep the conversation happening,” Knight stated.

“We haven’t had a chance to catch up yet, it’s quite hard because we’re in two separate bubbles in one big bubble so I’ll speak to Stafanie over the next few days to work out exactly what that looks like for both teams. But us as players, we want to do something and we’re working to support it.”

With India and South Africa cancelling deliberate excursions within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Knight admitted there have been occasions when the prospect of there being no worldwide girls’s cricket in the course of the English summer time had crossed gamers’ minds.

In {May}, Clare Connor, the ECB’s managing director of girls’s cricket, stated she would be “devastated” if there have been no worldwide girls’s fixtures on English soil this summer time.

With England’s males having crammed all 18 of their scheduled worldwide fixtures right into a truncated summer time, Knight stated she would have felt “jealous” if the ladies had not been capable of play and he or she praised the efforts of the ECB and CWI to rearrange the tour, one thing she believed wouldn’t have occurred only a few years in the past.

“I think the way the ECB have been, we knew that they were going to do everything in their power to try and get some cricket on,” Knight stated.

“They’ve done exactly what they would have done for the guys, which is real progress. I don’t think that would have happened sort of three or four years ago. So I think we knew that there was a good possibility that we’re playing and that was great that is locked in.”

With the England males’s season concluding on the finish of their ODI sequence in opposition to Australia on Wednesday, the ladies have the worldwide stage all to themselves.

The matches can be broadcast on Sky and the third recreation – on Saturday, September 26 – can be proven reside on the BBC, the primary time a world girls’s fixture has been on free-to-air TV within the UK because the 1993 World Cup closing.

That presents a possibility that isn’t misplaced on Knight or her squad, to rebuild a number of the momentum of the T20 Girls’s World Cup, which culminated greater than 86,000 followers watching Australia defeat India within the closing on the MCG in March, shortly earlier than the pandemic closed down worldwide sport and prompted many nations all over the world to enter lockdown.

Joking that the “weather owes us one” after their T20 World Cup semi-final in opposition to India was washed out, permitting India to progress on the energy of ending prime of their group, Knight stated her gamers have been additionally eager to broaden on the shape that they had begun to unearth on the event.

“We’ve got a real opportunity to show what we can do in these five games,” Knight stated. “I think so many people are happy to have sport and cricket back on telly and hopefully they’ll tune in.

“We’re trying to actually push ahead now as a facet. We began to see a little bit of a shift in the direction of the again finish of the World Cup by way of how we wish to play as a staff. Clearly the climate minimize that brief somewhat bit and we weren’t capable of actually see the place we may go however we have had quite a lot of planning time main into the again finish of the summer time.

“We’ve had a chance to sit down as senior players and coaches and work out where we want to go as a side and try and really push the limit of how good we can be. That’s been quite exciting and hopefully we can show that in the five games.”

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