Two time World Cup-winning West Indies captain Darren Sammy has revealed, he had been subjected to racism while playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Now the big question is whether Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) & Sunrisers Hyderabad for whom Sammy played in 2013 & 2014 act and react on former West-Indies captain’s allegations ?
Darren Sammy’s reveals – how he was racially abused ??
Sammy took to social media to say that he and former Sri Lankan skipper Thisara Perera were called “kalu” when they were part of the league. Kalu, a Hindi word, means a black person in English.
“I just learnt what that kalu meant when I played for Sunrisers in the IPL. They called me and Perera by that name. I thought it meant strong Stallion. My previous post tells me something different and I am angry,” Sammy wrote in an Instagram story. He further said, however, at that time, he did not understand what those racial barbs directed at him meant.
Will the BCCI & Sunrisers Hyderabad act & react on Sammy’s allegations ?
Sammy last played in IPL in 2017 for KingsXI Punjab team. The incident which Sammy is talking about happened during his stint with the Sunrisers Hyderabad team. The former world cup winning captain of the West Indies team played for Sunrisers in the year 2013 & 2014 season. Now the big question, will the IPL team owned by Sun Group and the Indian board will react and act on Sammy’s revelations. Will BCCI pass some strict strictures that such a incident does not get repeated again ?
Sammy who has been vocal about racism following the killing of George Floyd in the USA had earlier also thrown the gauntlet at the International Cricket Council (ICC) and other cricket boards across the globe to support the fight against racism by acting against it.
Chris Gayle also points out at the racism in the cricket world
Meanwhile Sammy’s West Indian teammate Chris Gayle also opened up on facing discrimination in the sport, saying racism is not just limited to football but also is prevalent in cricket. Right from the inception of the IPL in 2008, Gayle has been regular feature in the Indian league. For the IPL 2020, Gayle is retained by KingsXI Punjab team. Unlike Sammy, Gayle did not point out directly at the IPL for any racism incident but said, racism is also prevalent in the sport of cricket world over.
“Black lives matter just like any other life. Black people matter, p***k all racist people, stop taking black people for fools, even our own black people wise the p***k up and stop bringing down your own! I have travelled the globe and experience racial remarks towards me because I am black, believe me, the list goes on.
“Racism is not only in football, it’s in cricket too. Even within teams as a black man, I get the end of the stick. Black and powerful. Black and proud,” Gayle wrote in his Instagram story.