“If you support Black Lives Matter, and I’m not talking about a political organisation, I’m talking about three words that black lives matter — people with black skin, their lives matter.
“If you support that, I don’t see how it can be an issue to take a knee. But I am not here to tell people what they should or should not do because I don’t want anybody to do it to tick a box, that is my stance on the matter.”
Holding has become a leader in cricket on racial inequality after delivering a heartfelt oration on his experiences of racism. His work, and that of Ebony Rainford-Brent, the first black woman to play for England, was recognised with a prestigious award by the British Academy for Film and Television Arts.
Addressing stinging criticism from Holding, national coach Justin Langer last September said that his team had erred by not devoting more time to consider the issue.
A team spokesman said on Thursday the team had not yet discussed the topic for the Caribbean but would do so when they convened for a camp in Brisbane later this month.
The spokesman said players were now more advanced in their knowledge of racial inequality compared with 12 months ago, and plans were already under way on exploring the matter for the home season.
Holding, who has released a book about racism,Why We Kneel, How We Rise, wants to see evidence of learning through their actions.
“We’ll see if it’s just words. Maybe they’ll do it because they’re playing a black team . Who knows?” Holding said.
“I don’t want them to do it because they’re playing in the West Indies. I would expect if you’re supporting a cause, you support the cause any and everywhere, not because it’s politically correct or when it suits you.”
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