Updated: June 7, 2020 12:06:03 am
Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy alleged that he was on the receiving finish of a racial slur, “kalu”, while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad within the Indian Premier League.
“I just learnt what that ‘kalu’ meant when I played for Sunrisers in the IPL. They call me and Perera by that name. I thought it meant strong Stallion. My previous post tells me something different and I’m angry,” Sammy posted on Instagram on Saturday.
His earlier submit learn: “Oh in order that’s what that meant after they known as me and @tp_perera kalu in India after we played for Sunrisers. I simply thought they had been calling me robust black man… I’m extra piss (sic) now.”
Sammy has already taken his protest to the International Cricket Council (ICC), urging the sport’s world physique to open its eyes and converse up in opposition to racism. Sammy might be the primary cricketer to place the ICC within the line of fireplace, because the #BlackLivesMatter marketing campaign gathers steam by the day.
“@ICC and all the other boards are you guys not seeing what’s happening to ppl like me? Are you not gonna speak against the social injustice against my kind. This is not only about America. This happens everyday #BlackLivesMatter now is not the time to be silent. I wanna hear u,” Sammy, who performed 38 Tests, 126 ODIs and 68 T20 Internationals, posted on Twitter.
Sammy’s follow-up tweet stated: “For too long black people have suffered. I’m all the way in St Lucia and I’m frustrated If you see me as a teammate then you see #GeorgeFloyd Can you be part of the change by showing your support. #BlackLivesMatter”. Sammy posted his tweets on June 2.
George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American, died on May 25 in Minneapolis after Derek Chauvin, a white policeman, knelt on his neck for almost 9 minutes. The #BlackLivesMatter protest exploded in America after that incident. Loads of sportspersons, together with cricketers from all around the world, have caught the sound of explosion and lent their help to the protest.
Chris Gayle, too, has raised his voice in opposition to racism in cricket. “I have travelled the globe and experience racial remarks towards me because I am black, believe me, the list goes on,” Gayle wrote in his Instagram story.
On Saturday, Sachin Tendulkar quoted Nelson Mandela and posted on Twitter: “Nelson Mandela once said, ‘Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite the world in a way that little else does.’ Wise words.”
The ICC, on its half, maintained that they’ve zero tolerance in the direction of racism or homophobia, and the offenders might even be punished with a life ban.
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