Former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Khalid Mahmood, on Monday urged the national team to sport the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement logo during the Test and T20I series against England, Dawn ha reported.
Khalid’s suggestion came after the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and West Indies Cricket announced that its players will be sporting the BLM insignia during their Test series, which is to commence from July 8.
The former PCB chief insisted that the board must throw its support behind the cause that advocates the rights of African-American community against police brutality.
“I would like to salute the West Indies cricketing authorities for taking the initiative [on BLM campaign] and then the ECB also joining hands. So I will advise the PCB to also announce a similar decision [for Pakistan’s upcoming series in England],” he said.
“Our religion Islam made it clear 1400 years ago that all human beings are equal and there is no supremacy for anyone on the basis of race, colour or wealth. For this reason, we should stand first in all such activities.”
The gesture makes even more sense as the PCB is currently without a sponsor and so the national team’s current kit, as things stand, can easily accommodate BLM logo in a prominent place.
Only one company showed interest during the bidding process and alarmingly, the company that stepped up in the bidding process has valued the deal at only 30 per cent as compared to the previous contract.
The PCB’s last sponsorship contract which was in association with a beverage company (Pepsi) has already expired and thus the Green shirts has no logo on its training kits.
A PCB spokesperson, however, remains hopeful that they will get a sponsor on board before the beginning of the England series. Players will also receive a proportion from this sponsorship deal, estimated at around Rs.450,000 in Test matches and Rs.225,000 in One-day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).
The Azhar Ali-led side starts their red-ball expeditions from August 5 in Manchester, followed by the remaining two games in Southampton, starting on August 13 and 21 respectively. Following the Test series, the teams will lock horns in three T20Is to be played in Southampton on August 29, 31 and September 2.