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Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has called out the Indian Premier League (IPL) for racial discrimination. He has claimed that while playing for IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad(SRH), a racist remark was passed to him and Thisara Perera. However, he has not cleared when did he exactly face these remarks and by whom.
Currently, the world is already protesting against the alleged killing of African-American George Floyd by US police which has given rise to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign. In such a time, Darren Sammy’s allegations can start another debate in India.
On Saturday, the T20 World Cup-winning captain posts Instagram stories, which read that he and Sri Lank all-rounder Thisara Perera were called ‘Kalu’(Black) during SRH camp in the IPL. He wrote that he thought Kalu meant a strong black man, but now after knowing the truth, he is furious and angry. Well, later, he deleted the stories from Instagram.
“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 now. 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,” he wrote in a series of Instagram stories on Saturday.
Darren Sammy urges ICC to take steps:
Earlier, Darren Sammy had also urged the ICC to take serious note of racism which exists in the gentleman’s game. He also wrote a lengthy note on Twitter.
“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 is the only captain to have won the T20 World Cup twice – in 2012 and 2016. He last played for West Indies in 2017 and is a regular player in franchise leagues.