Joe Root said England will again make a request to get rid of Cricket discrimination before the NZ 2nd test.© AFP
England captain Joe Root has said his party must be “facing things” after unraveling the many offensive historical tweets made by players when they threaten to overshadow their commitment to becoming an inclusive Cricket game. England will once again wear T-shirts with anti-discrimination slogans on Thursday before the start of the second round against New Zealand at Edgbaston. Root’s team made a collective statement wearing black Tops with the message “Cricket is a game for everyone” on the first day before taking to the field before the first test at the Lord’s.
They were also in a “moment of unity” with opponents to show shared values, but those gestures were overshadowed by the appearance of racist and sexist tweets published by English debutant Ollie Robinson several years earlier.
The Cricket Board of England and Wales (ECB) suspended the joint while conducting the investigation and decided to examine the offensive material published by other members of the national team.
Root said England would again make a public request to get rid of Cricket discrimination.
“Yes, we will,” they said at a news conference Wednesday. “We are committed to making positive change in our sport. That’s not just about what happened. We have to deal with things.”
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed his secretary of culture and sport on Monday, saying the ECB had gone “upside down” when the 27-year-old Robinson was suspended.
“It’s been an uncomfortable week for everyone,” Root said.
“We want to try to make a positive change in our sport. We want to become a better place. Of course, uncomfortable things have come to light in the last week and we need to be aware of that and accept that.
“As a team we will continue to talk about it because it’s important, but as professionals we know we have work to do this week.”
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