Just learnt what it meant, now I’m angry: Darren Sammy says he faced racial comments during IPL – cricket

At a time when protests towards the alleged killing of African-American George Floyd rocked the US, giving rise to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ marketing campaign, former West Indies captain Darren Sammy made a startling revelation of being subjected to racism in India whereas taking part in within the IPL.

Sammy, who’s the one captain to have gained the T20 World Cup twice – in 2012 and in 2016 – stated he and Sri Lank all-rounder Thisara Perera had been referred to as as ‘kalu’ whereas taking part in for Sunrisers Hyderabad within the IPL.

“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 wrote on his Instagram web page on Saturday.

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He didn’t say when precisely he faced these remarks and by whom.

“Oh so that’s what that meant when they called me and Thisara Perera kalu in India when we played for Sunrisers. I just thought they were calling me strong black man… I’m more piss (sic) now,” stated Sammy, who has performed 26 matches for SRH in two seasons of IPL in 2013 and 2014.

Sammy’s Instagram submit comes a number of days after he had urged the ICC to take severe word of racism which exists within the gentleman’s recreation.

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“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,” he had tweeted earlier.


Sammy has represented West Indies in 38 Tests, 126 ODIs and 68 T20 Internationals.

“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,” learn his earlier tweet.

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