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Ashes 2023, 1st Test: Why are England wearing black armbands?

Ashes 2023, 1st Test: Why are England wearing black armbands?

In a solemn tribute to the victims of a tragic incident in Nottingham, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has announced that both the national men’s and women’s cricket teams will wear black armbands on the opening day of the Tests against Australia later this month. This gesture aims to honor the memory of those affected by a stabbing and van attack in the city.

Before the men’s Ashes Test at Edgbaston on Friday (happening right now) and the women’s one-off Test against Australia in Nottingham from June 22-26, a minute’s silence will be observed. The deeply distressing events in Nottingham have left everyone, especially the friends and families of the victims, in profound sorrow, as expressed by England men’s Test captain Ben Stokes. The disruption caused to the lives and futures of those affected is immeasurable.

As a mark of respect, the England cricket teams will don black armbands, recognizing the immense impact of these tragic incidents. The attack resulted in three fatalities and left another person in critical condition. Of particular poignancy was the fact that two of the victims, Grace Kumar and Barnaby Webber, had close ties to the cricket community. Kumar had represented England’s Under-18 hockey team and played cricket for Woodford Wells Cricket Club.

The news of the events in Nottingham struck a chord with England women’s captain Heather Knight, who expressed deep sadness and a sense of proximity to the victims, given their connection to the cricketing world. The entire England cricket fraternity stands in solidarity with those affected during this distressing time.

The men’s Ashes schedule remains as follows: the first Test will be held at Edgbaston from Friday, June 16, to Tuesday, June 20; the second Test at Lord’s from Wednesday, June 28, to Sunday, July 2; the third Test at Headingley from Thursday, July 6, to Monday, July 10; the fourth Test at Emirates Old Trafford from Wednesday, July 19, to Sunday, July 23; and finally, the fifth Test at The Kia Oval from Thursday, July 27, to Monday, July 31.

This heartfelt tribute by the England and Wales Cricket Board serves as a reminder of the broader impact that tragic events can have on individuals and communities, highlighting the power of unity and support during difficult times.

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