I told Wasim Jaffer what happened, he smoked them: Tino Best on facing racism in England cricket
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: June 12, 2020 11:31:07 pm


Wasim Jaffer Wasim Jaffer was Tino Best’s teammate for Lashings CC in England. (File Photo/BCCI/YorkshireCCC)

Saying he would play cricket wherever in the world besides England due to the prevalence of racial discrimination there, former West Indies cricketer Tino Best narrated a narrative when Wasim Jaffer made Best’s detractors pay after he felt discriminated against.

Speaking with Dr. Yash Kashikar on his Instagram dwell present Say Yash to Sports, Best recalled an incident when he had been not allowed to function in the enjoying XI of Lashings CC on the final second as a result of “people in the league – European people” had complained to England’s cricket board that Best had turned out for decrease league golf equipment in the identical season.

“I came to the ground (to play a T20 match) but I was not allowed to play. Their coach was looking at me in the nastiest way,” Best mentioned.

“Wasim Jaffer scored a 120 in that T20 game. He embarrassed them. Wasim is a quality batsman, I love that man. I told Wasim what happened, and he said ‘Okay’. You know he’s very soft spoken. So he just said ‘Okay’ to me, but then just smoked them. We beat them badly.”

Best, who performed 25 Tests and 26 ODIs for West Indies, mentioned he didn’t face racial discrimination in worldwide cricket however that his time in England confirmed him a distinct facet of cricket.

“I would have preferred to play extra league cricket in my profession, however not in England. It’s a really racial place. The umpires, the opposition groups goal you. Because it’s a chance for them to play with anyone they see on TV, they get aggressive.

“I used to come back to the bottom and bowl fast and guys would have wished to beat me up for bowling quick. I was in this example when if I didn’t have a robust group they’d have in all probability lynched me.

“But, you know I tell everyone Tino La Bertram Best is a different type of black man. I was a free black man. Don’t come to me. If you ever disrespect me. I am going to hurt you,” he added.

Best, probably the most promising quick bowlers for the West Indies in the early 2000s, additionally lent his help to his countrymen talking out concerning the prevalence of racism in cricket like Darren Sammy and Chris Gayle.

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