Daren Sammy, West Indies’ two-time T20 World Cup-winning skipper, recently claimed that he was subjected to racial abuse during his stint with one-time IPL winners, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). For those caught unaware, Sammy played a part for SRH and even captained the side for a brief period before he moved to Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2016.
Recalling how he did not know the meaning of a Hindi word that some unnamed Sunrisers team-mates would call him, he revealed that he only realised its racial connotations after watching a TV show. “I was listening to [Indian-American comedian] Hasan Minhaj talking about how some of the people in his culture view or describe black people,” Sammy said on Instagram, adding, “I was angry after listening to him describing a word that they use to describe black people, which he was saying is not in a good way… and it was degrading.”
Sammy further gave a stern warning to his former SRH teammates and wrote, “Recently I discovered a word that I was being called was not what it actually meant I need some answers. So before I start calling out names I need these individuals to reach out and please tell me there’s another meaning to that word. I saw u as brother.”
Soon after his post, Indian pacer Ishant Sharma’s Instagram post from 2014 has resurfaced, where he referred to Sammy as ‘kaluu’ in an image shared from both their days in the SRH. He had captioned the picture as, “Me, bhuvi, kaluu and gun sunrisers”
Clearly, the post triggered a huge uproar on social media and several celebs and cricketers came in support of Sammy. Even, Chris Gayle pointed out that racism exists not only in football but in the gentlemen’s game too. How Ishant reacts to the entire fiasco still remains to be seen.
In an earlier tweet, Sammy had also pointed to the International Cricket Council (ICC), “@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.”
Meanwhile, the subject of racial discrimination has come to the fore after the death of African-American George Floyd in the United States of America, which led to several campaigns across the world in support of ‘Black Lives Matter’.
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