Sydney, 26. November (IANS) The Australian team will form a « barefoot circle » when they play the first game against India ODI of the three-game series on Friday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
There was a lot of talk about it after the Aussies were criticized for not taking it seriously during this year’s England tour. Former West Indian Tempo bowler Michael Holding had attacked Aaron Finch and Eoin Morgan for not continuing the knee movement that began with the West Indian Tour of England but was discontinued when Pakistan and Australia toured England. Finch then said that certain gestures did not need to be made.
However, the Australian leadership has decided to form a barefoot circle and wear a shirt with an indigenous design in the T20I series against India, which follows the ODI series.
“We sat down and talked about it as a guide and as a group. Lots of people had to be put in. I think it’s the right way to get in touch with the indigenous people. In our sport and in our society there is obviously no tolerance of racism, and it should be, ”Finch told the media on Thursday.
“I think this is how we can connect with our indigenous people. You have faced great adversity for generations and generations. In this way we support this cause, ”he added.
Finch said these steps are being taken in the context of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement to educate not just the people but the entire team about the mistakes made in history.
“It’s about educating ourselves and our group. The more we do that, the more we in Australia can learn a lot more about the alleged injustices of the past 240 years. I suppose it will raise awareness of some issues that may not be common knowledge, ”Finch added.
The Barefoot Circle is a statement that Australian cricket generally uses to relate to Aboriginal culture and the country where games are played.
Aaron Finch, Australian Men’s Cricket Team, Cricket, One Day International
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