The controversy over ‘protest’ kneelers on Australian cricket tour

Written by Staff Writer The biggest talking point of England’s recent tour of Australia has been the continuing controversy over whether players on the international cricket tour should be taking the knee in protest…

The controversy over 'protest' kneelers on Australian cricket tour

Written by Staff Writer

The biggest talking point of England’s recent tour of Australia has been the continuing controversy over whether players on the international cricket tour should be taking the knee in protest against racial discrimination.

Earlier this month, one of the leading coaches in English cricket claimed the players would have lost the respect of their teammates if they had knelt during the protest and some other match officials echoed that sentiment.

Clearly there was little intention on the part of those at the heart of the protests to disrespect their teammates. It is understandable, therefore, that so many, including some current members of the Australian cricket team, were bitterly opposed to players having knelt.

But opinions of the issue are split in England — according to a recent YouGov poll, in which 52% of respondents said they supported it and only 42% opposed it.

Recently a number of cricket grounds have shown support for players kneeling, with Somerset Cricket Club’s cricket ground at Taunton in Gloucestershire already having made plans to display a banner outside the ground that read: “Would you rather…”

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