England team wearing black armbands: English cricketers are seen wearing black armbands on the field in the Old Trafford Test.
During the first day of the second Test of the ongoing West Indies’ tour of England in Manchester, West Indies have started on a positive note to probably justify their decision of winning the toss and electing to field.
In what was considered as an unusual decision by a visiting captain at the Old Trafford, West Indies’ Jason Holder hinted at making optimum use of the overcast conditions by making early inroads into the under pressure English batting lineup.
While Holder would have expected his fast bowlers to be among the wickets, it wasn’t to be as it was Holder’s inspired decision to introduce all-rounder Roston Chase into the attack in the 14th over which found England opening batsman Rory Burns (15) wanting in front of the stumps.
While a rain-affected morning session saw England scoring 29/1 in 13.2 overs, the first delivery of the second session saw the end of Zac Crawley (0) on the first ball that he faced.
Why is England team wearing black armbands in Old Trafford Test?
It is worth mentioning that the English cricketers are wearing black armbands in memory of former Lancashire Cricket Chairman David Hodgkiss OBE today. Hodgkiss, 71, had passed away in March and was a legendary figure at Lancashire.
Having served the club for 22 years, Hodgkiss gradually got promoted from being a treasurer and a vice-chairman. In his remembrance, English players were expected to wear black armbands on the first day of this Test.
— The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) July 16, 2020
Daniel Gidney, Lancashire Cricket Chief Executive, said: “We sincerely miss David every day, not just for his expertise and passion as the driving force behind Lancashire Cricket but also as the kind, sincere and charitable man he was.
“His vision for the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford and the significant part he played in the process cannot be overstated. Without him, we simply would not be in a position to host these Test matches.”