Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy believes the significance of the Black Lives Matter movement provided “extra motivation” to win the first #raisethebat Test against England.
The global Covid-19 pandemic delayed this series (and worldwide sport generally), while some powerful support of the Black Lives Matter message served as a backdrop for the first Test, and Sammy feels it lit a spark under the touring side.
“When you have a movement for black lives, and you have a black team come to England – with everything that’s going on – that creates extra motivation,” Sammy said on the latest episode of The Cricket Debate –
“And the decision to come over to England and play – there is something special about playing in England that sees West Indians want to rise, and get extra motivated.
“The whole scenario of this Test match, the significance of cricket being back, what it meant to see a black team on TV after this time where the sport has not been played, that provided extra motivation for the West Indies.”