England & Australia Men’s & Women’s teams who are playing in the Ashes 2023 will wear black armbands & observe a minute’s silence on Day 1 of the Ashes 2023 series in order to pay tribute to the victims of a horrifying stabbing incident that happened in Nottingham. Three innocent students lost their lives in the terrifying stabbing incident & attack in Nottingham earlier this week. They were students at the University of Nottingham. While the 31-year-old culprit suspected of the attack is an alleged former student of the same university.
After the unfortunate incident, the ECB & CA decided that the players will wear back armbands to pay solidarity with the families of the victims. Apart from the players, support staff & match officials will also wear black armbands & will observe a moment of silence on the first day of Ashes series.
“The deeply distressing scenes witnessed in Nottingham this week have brought immense sorrow to everyone, particularly the cherished friends and families of the victims. It is impossible to express how much their lives and futures have been tragically disrupted. These events sadden the England cricket teams, and we are thinking about those affected at this harrowing time. As a gesture of respect, we will honor them by wearing black armbands,” said England men’s captain Ben Stokes.
Both Men’s & Women’s Ashes 2023 will run concurrently
Notably, both the victims were cricket players & thus their loss was more felt by the cricket fraternity. England Women’s team Captain, Heather Knight also expressed her feeling of sadness on the event.
“It was incredibly saddening to learn about the events that took place in Nottingham, and it felt a bit closer to home to learn that two of the victims had been cricket players. All of our thoughts are with the families and friends of everyone affected by the tragedy, and with the city of Nottingham,” added England women’s captain Heather Knight.
Notably, the Ashes Men’s & Women’s fixtures will be played concurrently for the first time in the hsitory of cricket. Both men’s & women’s fixtures will be played from June 16.