The Sydney Sixers have announced they will take a knee prior to the first ball in every match of their BBL season to make a stand against racism.
The Sixers were joined by the Hobart Hurricanes in the BBL opener on Thursday night, with both sides taking a knee just moments before the first ball.
The club said in a statement said the “examples of people being mistreated simply due to the colour of their skin” was “unacceptable” as they revealed their desire to tackle racial injustice.
“In our first game of BBL|10, and throughout the tournament, the Sixers will take a knee prior to the first ball in support of our teammates and those who have been impacted by racism,” the club said in a statement.
“The stance follows an education session provided by several members of the squad and comes with unanimous support from players and staff.
“In Australia and all across the world we continue to see examples of people being mistreated simply due to the colour of their skin.”
“At the Sixers we believe this is unacceptable.
“As a club and as individuals we have made the commitment to better educate ourselves on the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, to fight for inclusion and justice, and to stand with our communities on the path to reconciliation and equal rights. We encourage all members of the community to do the same.
“The BBL squad will continue our education throughout the tournament, including undertaking cultural awareness training early next year.”