Prime Minister Scott Morrison has criticized Cricket Australia (CA) for its decision not to use the term “Australia Day” in the Big Bash League Actions

Three Big Bash clubs will wear indigenous jerseys, and Cricket Australia has decided to cut the term in order to normalize talks on the history of the date

Attempting to drop references to “Australia Day” resulted in a reprimand from Mr Morrison, who is touring a refinery in Queensland on Thursday

“I think a little more focus on cricket and a little less focus on politics would be my message to Cricket Australia,” he told radio station 4RO

He said Cricket Australia should listen to any backlash from fans who oppose the decision and reverse it

The Sydney Thunder, Perth Scorchers and Melbourne Renegades will be launched on Nov., 25 and 26 January wearing their special stripes in the games

Before some games there will also be a barefoot circle, Welcome to Country and a smoking ceremony, at which CA leads the initiative supported by the clubs

The moves are part of several recommendations made by the National Aboriginal Cricket Advisory Committee and the Torres Strait Islander Three games will be played on Jan. January held

“They found it pretty important not to remove cultural elements that we celebrated all season long on a day like this,” Adam Cassidy, director of diversity and inclusion at Cricket Australia, told AAP

“Obviously it is a challenge when games are played on a day of grief for many people”

CA is aware that this is a sensitive issue and is keen to ensure that it does not turn out to be divisive but that it stimulates an open discussion

“When you are a company operating under a Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan, there is a responsibility and accountability to leading on important voting issues,” said Cassidy

“In an ideal world, we try to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone”

Indigenous jerseys have been worn in various sports for a while, but it will be the first time they have been used during Australia Day

Mr Morrison said Australia Day was an important day to celebrate democracy, but also that “you can’t just airbrush things that happened in the past”

“Australia Day is about realizing how far we’ve come,” he said during a press conference on Thursday

“When these 12 ships showed up in Sydney all those years ago, it wasn’t a particularly lightning-fast day for the people on these ships either

“What this day shows to this day is how far we have come as a country, and I think that is why it is important to label it that way”

The move was strongly endorsed by the players of the game, and Brendan Doggett of Sydney Thunder stood up for the cause in his own indigenous story

“I hate conflict, I think it’s ideal when we can all work together,” Doggett said

“We will do that by starting conversations, talking about it, and acknowledging the story of what happened

“If we wear the kit and hopefully even start a conversation, it will be a win”

The Thunder have long referred to the holiday as a long January weekend and have been leaders in multicultural initiatives through the Thunder Cup

Doggett has become increasingly aware of his indigenous history in recent years, having discovered his mother’s family links to the stolen generation only about five years ago.

That too changed his view of the day, which he says is now very different from his time as a carpenter in Queensland

And with that perspective, he believes it is possible to unite, and that wearing the indigenous jerseys could help make it happen

“For me, it’s more of a day now just to see and acknowledge the story and everything that happened and do it respectfully,” he said

“It’s been a pretty dark past, but if we can move forward together and united, I think that’s the best outcome”

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