Manchester: England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has decided to honor heroic cricketing key workers by naming the upcoming Test series against West Indies as ‘#raisethebat”.
According to the details, the #raisethebat campaign will celebrate heroes within the cricket family, many of whom have been playing the innings of their lives to support those in need during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
On day one of the first Test (Wednesday 8 July), the England Men’s players will pay tribute to cricket’s heroes by wearing the names of key workers on their training shirts before the start of the match – shining a light on their bravery and sacrifice as fans watch live from home.
The people named on the shirts have all been nominated by their local cricket clubs and include teachers, doctors, nurses, carers, social workers, and other vital professions.
Commenting on the #raisethebat Test Series, Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer said: “As we stage the first international sporting competition in the UK since COVID-19 began, we want to pay tribute to the people who have bravely played their part during this crisis. Through the #raisethebat Test Series, we will show our gratitude to key workers.
“It has been a long and challenging journey to cricket’s return and while this pales in comparison to what the country has faced, we hope the #raisethebat Test Series will bring some enjoyment and light relief to people’s lives.”
England Men’s Test captain Joe Root said: “We’ve waited a long time for this moment, and we wouldn’t be here without the West Indies – we are so grateful to them for making the tour happen. As we get back to playing the game we love, we want to take the time to honor the brave key workers who went in to bat for their country under the toughest circumstances. It’s only fitting that we use this series as an opportunity to ‘raise a bat’ in their honor. We’ll wear their names with pride.”