Portraits of England’s black cricketers – in pictures

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Tom Shaw

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Award-winning sports photographer Tom Shaw was looking for a project to shoot during the pandemic and was shocked that only 21 black cricketers had represented England. With the help of Mark Butcher he set about tracking down all of those players who have represented England at any level.

“This project is a celebration of them and their achievements and hopefully act as an inspiration to young black cricketers,” says Shaw. The photographer plans to travel to Barbados to shoot Roland Butcher, who made history as England’s first black player 40 years ago, and will produce a book of the project with an exhibition planned at Lord’s next year.

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