'A pretty lame statement' - Michael Holding slams Aaron Finch for not taking a knee in support of Black Lives Matter

‘A pretty lame statement’ – Michael Holding slams Aaron Finch for not taking a knee in support of Black Lives Matter

In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Holding can be seen slamming Finch’s statements and is not at all impressed by what he spoke.

Michael Holding
Former West Indies Cricketer Michael Holding. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images for Laureus)

The world has been witnessing a great number of protests and rallies after the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign caught fire a few months back. In the same light, the former Caribbean pacer has pointed fingers at Australia and England for not taking a knee during their recently concluded T20I series. Athletes and players in various sports have been taking knees in order to show their stand against racism prevalent around the globe.

Cricketers have also done their bit in the support of the same movement. When the West-Indies team visited England after the commencement of international cricket post-coronavirus halt, players from both the nations took a knee before the first Test in Southampton. Match officials also formed a part of this gesture, and both the nations carried a logo on their jerseys to support the movement. 

The recently concluded CPL 2020 also saw all the players taking a knee to mark their support to end worldwide racism, but England and Australian players decided against it recently. Michael Holding is slamming Aaron Finch’s statement for justifying his actions on not taking a knee.

“The education around it is more important than the protest. I have spoken to Eoin [Morgan], and we are not going to do specific gestures like it has,” Finch said on eve of the T20I series. The Australia skipper also added that he is happy to be part of a sport where no one is barred based on race and all.

Holding doesn’t approve of Finch’s statements

In a video posted on his YouTube channel, Holding can be seen slamming Finch’s statements and is not at all impressed by what he spoke.

“He is saying is that he’s glad that he is part of a sport where no one is barred from playing, irrespective of your race, your gender, your ethnicity, your religion,” said Holding.

“Well, I don’t know any sport where anyone is barred from playing because of anything at all. So that’s a pretty lame statement and what that says to me, actually, is that if the apartheid regime in South Africa had allowed multi-racial sport in South Africa and kept the apartheid laws then everything would have been OK,” Holding added.