Diversity and Inclusion
The first-time majority of us played cricket, we were 3 years old- barefoot in the backyard. The first time we have that moment connecting to the game we love we were also connecting to country.
First Nations people of Australia have nurtured and taken care of this country for 65,000 years and by standing & acknowledging we pay respects to them and thank them for the incredible vibrant country we have today.
The barefoot circle is a cricket centric way for players and teams to take a moment prior to matches to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land, connect to each other as opponents and pay respect to the country (land). This is done barefoot as a way to connect to country, but also a moment to reflect that we are all common ground, we are all human beings and we need to stand strong with each other, for each other. The circle is often part of pre-series activities and has started in Reconciliation Round as a stance of anti-racism, commitment to reconciliation and strength together.