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T20 World Cup: Indian players took knee before Pakistan match

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Team India players before the match against Pakistan© BCCI

The Virat Kohli-led Indian team on Sunday extended its support to the “Black Lives Matter” movement by taking a knee ahead of their T20 World Cup match against arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai. The Indian players were seen kneeling outside the team dugout before the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul came out to bat. The players of the Pakistan team captained by Babar Azam also paid tribute to him by holding his right hand from the heart. Since the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a policeman in Minneapolis in May last year, players from across the world, including cricketers, have been kneeling to show support to the movement against racism.

The Indian team was pointing for the first time. The England and West Indies teams, along with match officials, took a knee during their three-match Test series last summer, the first from the game.
In the Group 2 blockbuster clash in the Super 12 stage, Pakistan captain Babar won the toss and elected to bowl first against his arch-rivals.

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