England jerseys to carry ‘Black Lives Matter’ logo during West Indies series

The England and Wales Cricket Board, on Thursday (July 2), announced that the England players will be wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ emblems on their shirts throughout the three-match Test series against West Indies, which is starting on July 8.

The ECB, explaining their decision, rejected any politicisation of the movement. Tom Harrison, ECB’s Chief Executive Officer said, “The England and Wales Cricket Board fully support the message that Black Lives Matter. It has become a message of solidarity and a drive for progress and societal change. There can be no place for racism in society or our sport, and we must do more to tackle it.

“Our support of that message is not an endorsement, tacit or otherwise, of any political organisation, nor the backing of any group that calls for violence or condones illegal activity. We are aware of certain aspects of the movement that promote their own political views, and their actions are not supported in any way by the ECB and our players.”

The West Indies team will also be sporting the same logo and their captain – Jason Holder – earlier had called for harsher punishment against racism in cricket.

The emblem used will be the same as that used by all the 20 Premier League football clubs. It was designed by Alisha Hosannah, the partner of Troy Deeney, professional footballer and captain of Premier League side Watford Football Club. He was contacted by both the boards (ECB and CWI) and the ICC gave permission for the logo to be displayed on the collar.

“This moment is about unity. We are proud that our players will stand alongside those from the West Indies and wear a logo that embodies that philosophy. It is fitting that they do so in solidarity with athletes from the football world who wore it first. Our thanks go to Troy Deeney and his partner Alisha Hosannah, creator of the logo, who generously agreed to share it with us,” Harrison added. “We have a responsibility to ensure that cricket is truly a game for everyone. We will shortly set out further steps that build on the work we have already done to make cricket more inclusive and diverse in order to address some of the barriers which still exist for some communities

The decision, taken by ECB, was fully backed by the England cricketers who are currently playing an intra-England practice match at The Rose Bowl in Southampton. England’s Test captain Joe Root, like his West Indies counterpart, stressed the team’s empathy towards the cause and made it clear that there was no room for any kind of discrimination.

“It is important to show solidarity to the black community and to raise much needed awareness around the topics of equality and justice,” remarked Root, who will miss the first Test next week to be at the birth of his second child. “The England players and management are unified in this approach and will use the platform of international cricket to fully support the objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists.

“The majority of us do not understand what individuals from BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) background have to go through when people make judgements because of the colour of their skin. As a group, we are learning about this and educating ourselves. There has to be equal opportunity and equal rights for all. We hope by making this stance we can play our part in standing shoulder-to-shoulder as a team and we hope that by continuing to raise awareness we can move towards a society in which the colour of your skin and your background has no bearing on your opportunities.

“It is very simple, we believe there is no room for racism or any form of discrimination, anywhere,” Root concluded.

Jemimah Rodrigues – living her father’s dream

Indian batting star Jemimah Rodrigues has credited her father, and his persistence, for her success at the highest level. Since making her debut in South Africa in 2018, Jemimah has established herself as a reliable no. 3 in T20Is as well as the frontline opener in a star-studded ODI line-up.

From teaching her the basics, for a four-year-old who merely started as a token fielder during her brothers’ practice sessions to shaping her into a confident, dominating batter, Jemimah says if it wasn’t for her father’s persistence and sacrifices, she may not have made rapid strides in her short international career so far.

The sports enthusiast parents – Ivan and Lavita – encouraged their daughter to pursue sports. Not so long ago, Jemimah was in fact representing Mumbai in two sports – hockey and cricket. But when a tough call had to be made, the teenager went with cricket, albeit quitting hockey with a heavy heart.

The Rodrigues had already shifted from Bhandup to Bandra, in Mumbai, when Jemimah was barely seven in order to get their prodigious daughter more opportunities and facilities and even took a loan to buy a bowling machine. Ivan noticed the shortcomings in Jemimah’s batting – noticeably the tendency to get out to swing bowlers early on in age-group cricket – and promptly decided to invest.

The results were there to see. Jemimah grabbed the eyeballs with a record-breaking double-hundred that made her the youngest Indian to achieve the feat in 50-overs cricket, at 16. India selection followed soon after.

“When dad got the call that Jemimah has gotten selected for India, the tears just started rolling down his eyes. I still remember that moment,” Jemimah, on Spicy Pitch, recalls getting the news of India selection. “I actually wasn’t that emotional, but just seeing that, you know, the joy in my mom and dad’s eyes, the tears in their eyes, made me even more emotional. Then, even I started crying.

“Because it has been my dad’s dream to play for India. But he never got the support. To see me fulfilling his dream was the biggest joy he could have ever had. I mean, that’s the proudest a father can be, and even today, I can see it in his eyes.

“When it comes to practice, he’s still very particular, about practice. If it wasn’t for his persistence, I wouldn’t be here today. Sometimes it gets kind of annoying but I was actually having this conversation with my mom [that] if it wasn’t for my dad being after me, sitting on my head ‘come for practice, come for practice’, I wouldn’t have developed my game so much or reached where I am today so fast.”

Often spotted at the stadiums, tailing his daughter and her team, Ivan noticed Jemimah’s tendency to shed her natural game in order to blend in and reprimanded his daughter for the same. Jemimah credits that incident and her father’s intent behind it, in making her a self-confident batter at the highest level with a natural tendency to attack from the word go if need be.

“[After a Mumbai U19 practice match]… Dadda just stomped off. I felt so bad. But I also knew I’m going to get screamed at today. I went home, sat quietly. Dadda made me sit in a corner and said, ‘I don’t want you to play like that, ever again! I want you to dominate, no matter what.’

“He actually worked on my batting even more… Because I don’t know where would I be if he had not changed my mindset at that time. Now cricket has evolved so much.”

Ivan, and his wife, still tail their daughter – be it her debut in South Africa or more recently, the Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia earlier this year, now though merely as proud parents.

In England, sports events are allowed without spectators from Monday. The APL is due to resume on June 17

Sporting events in England will resume from Monday, June 1, without spectators and subject to all necessary measures.

The decision directly concerns professional football. The Premier League is scheduled to restart on June 17.

Horse racing and snooker competitions are already due to take place this Monday.

Athletes and staff must arrive at the bases independently and, if possible, by private transport. Before entering the base, it is mandatory to check for symptoms of coronavirus.

In cases where social distance cannot be maintained, risks must be assessed and mitigated. At the same time, the government is not yet ready to resume non-professional sports, which deprives ordinary citizens of the opportunity to play cricket and football in the Park.

However, the government will ease the measures slightly from Monday and allow groups of six people to play sports on the street if they are 2 meters apart from each other.

Lineker on easing the quarantine in England: “You can play cricket with your family in a gardening shop, but not on the bus?»

Former England striker Gary Lineker shared his opinion on the new recommendations of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson against the backdrop of the coronavirus pandemic.

Johnson reported the easing of isolation measures from next Wednesday. He explained that the British can be more outdoors, sunbathe, travel by car, and play sports without restrictions, including team sports, but on the condition that only people who live together will play with each other.

The Prime Minister also said that primary schools will be able to open from June 1, and stores will also start opening in stages.

“Spent the night digesting the new rules. I think I understood them: we can play cricket with close family members in the gardening shop after work, but it’s preferable not to do it on the bus. Is this close to the point?» Lineker joked on Twitter.

The resumption of the NPL is scheduled for June 12 or 13, and the teams will start training from may 18.

Chopra: “We knock on offices, but they send us away»

Eurosport.ru I spoke with the captain of the Russian national cricket team, Ashwani Chopra, who supports the game with the ball and bat in the 143-million-strong country with the strength of perseverance, faith and personal funds.
– Cricket is one of the most popular sports in the English – speaking world, and very few people in Russia know about it. Not offended?

– No, it doesn’t hurt. Russia is not an English colony, is it? Every country is different. Take lapta: it is played here, and it is more or less similar to cricket.

Cricket is an Olympic sport, even if it is inactive. I think many countries are trying to develop active Olympic sports in the first place. But there is also good news: according to my data, cricket will soon return to the status of an active Olympic sport. By 2024, that’s for sure. The IOC itself wants to revive cricket in this status.

– I think it was planned for the London Olympics.

“Yes, you’re right. If you remember, at the opening of the Games, cricket was present – at the performance itself. Now the international cricket Council, which includes 107 countries, is intensively engaged in its development. This is quite a lot, you will agree. What is not the reason to return cricket to the Olympic masses?

– How does cricket fare in Russia?

– Personally, I am very happy that the Russian people have become more actively involved in the teams. After all, it used to be like this: only foreigners. And now there are a lot of local players in clubs and in the Russian national team. We played in the 2010 European Cup. So what? The entire team is made up of foreigners who play in Russia. Last year, there were eight Russians in the team, and this year there are nine. There are more of them, of course. I’m just talking about those who play well enough to get into the squad.

– Did the international ban on the performance of the national team without a single pupil lead to this?

– Yes. I personally created my own rule four years ago: that every club should have at least one Russian. And how else to develop? Without local players, any sport is doomed to collapse. On the contrary, to succeed, you need to know and love what you do. So I can brag: we have a lot of local players.

– You are actually a missionary in Russia. In many ways, you started the difficult rise of cricket.

– I can’t say I’m the only reason. There were difficult moments when no one supported me and my associates. Last year, for example, there was a split when many people separated from us, especially representatives of India and Pakistan, and created their own League. They didn’t want to waste their time on Russian players. They just wanted to play for fun, and I said: “I need entertainment plus promotion.”

There was nothing else to do but start over from scratch with the help of those who stayed with me. During the year, eight clubs were created. In Moskvich, for example, some Russians play, and it’s great.

Sporting heritage of the British Empire

In history, there are many cases when colonizers, developing new lands, brought their own color to the local culture. This is how new traditions, customs, and laws often appeared. Sports that spread like viruses are no exception. In some cases, there is a full-scale dispersion – take, for example, the same football that is played today even in the most remote corners of the planet. And in some cases, the distribution is spot-on, and clearly reflects the boundaries of the cultural influence of the monopoly on its colonies. An extremely illustrative example in this sense is cricket – an internationally recognized sport that is played professionally exclusively on the territory of the former British Empire.

The first reports of the existence of cricket date back to the XIII century. The birthplace of entertainment for farmers is considered to be the County of Kent, but the game quickly covered the surrounding area. However, cricket flourished in England in the XVIII century. It was then that the world’s first cricket club was founded in Hampshire. A little later, the entertainment reached London, and the townspeople enthusiastically began to sort things out on the grass lawns. At the same time, the British Empire was rapidly expanding. Expansion to the countries of Africa, Asia, and the Pacific region required strength, funds, and most importantly people who went to the outskirts of the world for easy earnings. Some were simply sent to distant countries, for example, to hard labor. In any case, the result was the same – more and more people familiar with cricket appeared in the British colonies. Homesickness and sporting interest made the settlers remember the rules of the simple game, which is also quite unpretentious: for the game, it is enough to have a bat, a ball, a couple of primitive wooden structures called wickets, and a little open space. Often in poor countries the game was a great success, it gained new popularity, won the hearts of fans and became almost the most popular sport.

Cricket. A little history and rules

The history of cricket

Cricket is a truly English game that originated in the XIII century. It is in English documents that the word “cricket”first occurs. Its name goes back to the Saxon word for “stick”. Presumably, from the word “cric” – so called shepherd’s stick, which was used to lock the gates of the pasture. Probably, the game of ball with the help of this curved at the end of the stick and amused the shepherds while looking after the flocks.

Presumably, cricket originated from such ancient games as” stick and ball”,” bat and ball “and”trap and ball”.

The game originated in the South-East of great Britain, on pastures for sheep — there was a low grass on which it was convenient to roll the ball (it was made of wool or rags). They protected the gate with a shepherd’s stick.

The first information about cricket dates back to 1300: a report on the expenses of the Royal court mentions a sum of 100 shillings and 6 pounds spent on “creeg” and other sports by Prince Edward.

If in the documents of the 15th century there are occasional mentions of boys playing “crackett”, in the 16th century, evidence of a passion for this game is more frequent. It is said that in his youth, Oliver Cromwell was engaged in cricket.

The heyday of this game was at the end of the 18th century. The beginning of this was the team of the English village of Hambledon, which founded a Cricket club in 1750. In 1787, the “Marie-LeBon Cricket club” (MCC) was established, which developed new rules a year later.

In 1900, cricket was even included in the list of Olympic games, but for many reasons — the unpopularity of this sport in many countries, the lack of competition — cricket was excluded.

The first cricket world Cup, held in 1912, failed. It was not possible to identify the winner among the three participants (Australia, England and South Africa) due to bad weather. The second world Cup was held only in 1975. Teams from England, Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and East Africa played their first world Cup. Since then, this competition has been held every four years.

The English are incredibly sensitive to cricket, not recognizing that this game could have been born in some other country. Just as baseball is played everywhere in the United States, so in England the rules of cricket are known from the cradle.

In addition to England, cricket is very common in India and Australia.

In Russia, however, cricket has not yet taken root, although it is very similar to the old Russian game of bast shoes.

Basic rules of the game of cricket

The first set of rules for cricket is the “Code of 1744”, which specifies the official dimensions of various cricket venues.

The rules of the game of cricket at first glance are not particularly difficult, but if you are professionally engaged in this sport, you will have to study a weighty volume with all the nuances of the game.

The game is played between two teams of 11 players each. The goal of the game is to earn more points (runs) than the opposing team. A match consists of one or more parts, each of which is called an innings. In each inning, one team bats and the other pitches once.

Cricket is usually played on grass. The field for playing cricket is an oval ground (cricket field), oval in size 80 by 60-70 meters, inside which there is an earthen strip 20.12 meters long (22 yards). At each end of the strip of land in the field are stuck three columns, on top of which are placed two small wooden crossbars. (height 67.5 cm, width 20 cm).

This construction is called a wicket.

At each wicket with bats in hand are the players of the batting team. A player of the batting team, called a bowler, throws the ball, being near one of the wickets, towards the other, trying to get into the wicket.

The batsman standing next to the wicket tries to protect it by using the bat.

If the batter hits the ball, he can run to the opposite wicket. A player standing at the other wicket runs to meet him, trying to take the batter’s place. Each such run brings a point to the batting team. The batting team tries to catch the ball and return it to one of the wickets. If the ball hits the wicket at the moment when at least one of the running players was between the wickets (behind the line), then this running player leaves the game, and another player of the batting team takes his place. The batter is also out of the game if he failed to protect his wicket from the ball while serving, or the ball was caught by the batter after the batter hit the ball or touched the ball with the bat before the ball hit the ground.

When 10 players of the batting team are out of the game, the inning ends and the teams switch places. If both teams pitched once, the inning ends. A multi-day match usually consists of one or two innings (usually 5 days are allocated for two innings). The team that scores more runs at the end of the match is declared the winner. If the time allotted for a match has run out before it has finished, then a draw is declared.


Each team consists of 11 players. A well-balanced team will have 4-5 bowlers (players who specialize in innings) and 5-6 batsmen (batsman) who specialize in batting. The most valuable players are versatile — those who serve well and hit well. Each team has one special player called the “wicket-keeper”. His task is to catch a pitched ball passed by the batter, and try to hit the wicket with the ball if the batter was behind the line.

“Who cares what these types think!?” – Indians on Russia’s position on cricket

According to the ratings, cricket is considered the second most popular sport in the world after football, – writes the Indian website Orissa Post.

However, Russia has refused to officially recognize cricket as a sport, according to the country’s sports Ministry. There was no place for cricket on the list, which included even the Russian equivalent of Curling, among others.

“Cricket has been denied recognition as a sport,” sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov said in a statement on Monday, July 15.

This news, of course, did not find approval among Indian users of social networks, for whom cricket is not just a sport, but a religion.

Being extremely offended by this decision, the Indians Troll the Russian sports Ministry on Twitter.

Explaining such a strange decision of the Ministry, a member of the Executive Committee of the Moscow sports cricket Federation, Alexander Sorokin, said: “Cricket is popular mostly in educational institutions where students from India study. They introduce Russians to cricket. For example, there are 13 clubs in Tver. There are 4 teams in Voronezh. With the help of regional authorities, we planned to open cricket schools in 48 regions of the country. While cricket has not received recognition, it is now impossible to do so.”

Here is how the Indians reacted to this:

I don’t understand what they have against a game where patience, honesty, and fair play are valued.

Russia knows nothing about this game. First they need to focus on understanding it, and then they need to make a decision. I also cannot understand how Russia can be a member of the international cricket Council if cricket is not played there.

It is difficult to play in Siberia, where the team will go if they lose.

Yes (this is not a sport). This is WAR! Ask India and Pakistan!

Who cares what people think of these types?

Sports of millions. Awkward questions about cricket

Cricket and croquet – is that different things?
Croquet is played mainly by pensioners at their leisure, driving balls into the gates with wooden hammers. Like the Queen’s lawn in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

Cricket is played by teams in stadiums in front of tens of thousands of spectators. (About the rules-just below.)

A cricket bat is one and a half times heavier than a baseball bat. A ball thrown by a Pro flies at a speed of 150 km / h, and a world-class player is able to hit it for a hundred meters. This is a serious sport, it requires protective equipment, first-class refereeing and comprehensive training.

Roughly speaking, croquet is a poor relative of Golf. Cricket is the older brother of baseball.

Do they really play all day?
Only if it’s a short match. Normal – the so-called test, the test-lasts five days: six hours a day with a break for lunch for 40 minutes and two tea parties for 20 minutes.

The classic series of five test matches, in which two separate teams regularly find out their relationship with each other, takes up to a month and a half.

This has advantages. At least in the fact that at the Amateur level, a game of cricket is perfectly combined with a picnic in the Park for a whole day. And the audience of the professional match is always guaranteed entertainment from morning to evening.

But there are drawbacks. First, not every fan will find so much free time and understanding in the family. Secondly, not every TV channel will risk such volumes of air.

Third, sports bars, cafes and pubs prefer to attract visitors with broadcasts of other sports, more dynamic and shorter. Even in India, the English Premier League is gaining popularity.

Fourth, because of the clumsy format, cricket has been left out of the Olympic games since 1900. And finally, it kills Amateur sports-the forge of talent. In small and rural clubs, there are fewer and fewer people willing to spend every second weekend on cricket.

And why are they all in white, then colored? And the ball is red or white?

Multi-day tests are played in the traditional white form. And a red ball. This has always been the case.

But one-day matches are already a form of national or club colors, and the ball is white. Red was rejected, and here’s why.

Unlike tests, where the game simply stops at dusk to resume in the morning, one-day matches have to be played out. To do this, one of the main taboos of cricket was removed – on artificial lighting.

The white ball is better visible than the red ball in the light of floodlights and against the night sky.