During the COVID-19 pandemic, England players will wear training shirts bearing the names of key workers and front liners to honor their services, the country’s cricket board said.
England players will honour the key workers before the start of next month’s first test against the West Indies, according to the details.
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said its local cricket clubs have nominated people whose names will feature on the shirts and include teachers, doctors, nurses, and social workers.
The first test is scheduled to start on July 8 in Southampton, with the last two matches at Old Trafford, as the international cricket returns after its suspension in March.
“As we get back to playing the game we love, we want to take the time to honour the brave key workers who went in to bat for their country under the toughest circumstances,” England skipper Joe Root said in a statement.
“It’s only fitting that we use this series as an opportunity to ‘raise a bat’ in their honour. We’ll wear their names with pride.”
The ECB said the #raisethebat test series will be named in memory of essential 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… to people’s lives,” ECB CEO Tom Harrison said.
In the United Kingdom (UK), the novel coronavirus infected more than 304,300 people and caused more than 42,600 deaths.