Jason Holder wants racism to be treated like doping and fixing
Earlier this month, former West Indies captains Darren Sammy and Chris Gayle said they have experienced racist abuse and threw their weight behind the Black Lives Matters campaign.Updated: Jun 28, 2020, 11:29 IST
After prominent West Indies cricketers Darren Sammy, Chris Gayle, and Dwayne Bravo opened up about racism in cricket, current West Indies captain Jason Holder, who had more or less remained tight-lipped so far, has come down heavily on racism now. Holder said racism should be not treated any less than match-fixing or doping.
“I don’t think the penalty for doping or corruption should be any different for racism,” Holder told BBC Sport. “If we’ve got issues within our sport, we must deal with them equally.”
Under the anti-racism code of the governing International Cricket Council (ICC), a third breach of the code by a player could lead to a life ban.
The sanction for a first offence by a player can be up to a ban for four tests or eight limited-overs matches.
Then Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was slapped with a four-match ban last year for a racist remark aimed at South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo.
Holder said teams should be briefed about race issues before the start of any series.
“In addition to having anti-doping briefings and anti-corruption briefings, maybe we should have an anti-racism feature before we start a series,” the all-rounder said.
“My message is more education needs to go around it.
“I’ve not experienced any racial abuse first hand but have heard or seen a few things around it. It’s something you just can’t stand for.”
England will consider a joint anti-racism protest with West Indies during the three-test series between the sides next month.
Meanwhile, West Indies will take on England on July 8 in what will mark the return of international cricket after a gap of almost four months.
(With Reuters inputs)