England seamer Chris Jordan has said that the English cricketers play a vital role against racism in sports by the manner in which the team embraces diversity.
Besides the Barbadian-born English cricketer, the England cricket team have players from different lineages in their ranks such as Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali.
And Jordan insists that racism is not an issue in the England team. He was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“We have so much respect and love for one another and that transpires onto the field but most importantly I think it’s genuine and that’s the key to it. We all have that role to play in terms of that awareness and that policing and that continuation to be anti-racist.
“That is definitely not an issue in the England team and if anything it leads the way in terms of how diverse the entire team is, so it’s a good example to follow.”
Speaking further on the matter, Chris Jordan said the very diverse English team is well led by captain Eoin Morgan, who himself is Irish-born.
“It is very diverse and in general that’s actually well led by Morgy [captain Eoin Morgan]. Speaking from that team’s point of view, what you see is what you get.
“We embrace the fact that everyone has come from different backgrounds, we embrace the fact that everyone has different values and stuff like that and we actually play as one.”
Jordan, who has featured in 8 Tests, 34 ODIs and 46 T20Is since making his debut in 2013, explained that all England cricketers have an important role to play against the racism.
“We all have that role to play in terms of that awareness and that policing and that continuation to be anti-racist. That is definitely not an issue in the England team and if anything it leads the way in terms of how diverse the entire team is, so it’s a good example to follow.”
The unjustified death of George Floyd has shaken the world and the incident has triggered anti-racist movements across the globe. It is believed that the 46-year-old African-American had suffered a cardiac arrest while being restrained by the Minneapolis police.