I’ll be messaging them, you know who you are: Darren Sammy on racism during IPL – cricket

A number of days after revealing that he was subjected to racial feedback whereas taking part in for Sunrisers Hyderabad within the IPL, former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy has now determined to personally contact those who used name him by that ‘derogatory word’.

Sammy launched a video on Monday on Instagram, wherein he elaborated his emotions when bought to know the that means of the phrase he and Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera have been referred to as within the Sunrisers Hyderabad dressing room.

“I have played all over the world and I have been loved by many people, I have embraced all dressing rooms where I have played, so I was listening to Hasan Minhaj as to how some of the people in his culture describe black people,” Sammy mentioned in a video posted on his Instagram account.

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“This does not apply to all people, so after I found out a meaning of a certain word, I had said I was angry on finding out the meaning and it was degrading, instantly I remembered when I played for Sunrisers Hyderabad, I was being called exactly the same word which is degrading to us black people,” he added.

Sammy, who represented Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013 and 2014 seasons of IPL, mentioned that on the time when he was being referred to as with the phrase, he didn’t know the that means, and his teammates used to snigger each time after calling him by that title.

“I will be messaging those people, you guys know who you are, I must admit at that time when I was being called as that word I thought the word meant strong stallion or whatever it is, I did not know what it meant, every time I was called with that word, there was laughter at that moment, I thought teammates are laughing so it must be something funny,” Sammy mentioned.

 

“Now, I realise it was degrading, I will be texting you guys and I will ask you as to when you called me with that name, did you all mean it in any bad way or form? I have had great memories in all my dressing rooms, so all those who used to you call me with that word, think about it, let’s have a conversation, if it was in a bad way then I would be really disappointed,” he added.

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Interestingly, Sammy’s teammates during that point in SRH, the likes of Irfan Pathan, Venugopal Rao, and Parthiv Patel, nevertheless mentioned they weren’t conscious of any such racial feedback made in the direction of the West Indian all-rounder.

“I was there with him (Sammy) in 2014. I feel had this really happened, the matter would definitely have been discussed. So I’m not aware of such things as nothing was discussed in a larger way. But at the same time, we need to educate our people because I’ve seen them (racial jibes) in domestic cricket,” Irfan mentioned.

The former Windies skipper has been a vocal supporter of the protests which are at present going on within the United States over the dying of an African-American man named George Floyd.

Sammy had additionally made an attraction to the ICC and different cricket boards to assist the battle towards social injustice and racism.

(With company inputs)

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