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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. His former SRH-teammates have reacted to his statement.
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 give birth to 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.
Parthiv Patel and Irfan Pathan Respond To Darren Sammy’s Allegations:
The Jamaican ex-SRH teammates Parthiv Patel, Irfan Pathan and Y. Venugopal Rao has responded to his allegations. Parthiv Patel, who played with him in the 2013 season, said that he had not heard someone using those derogatory words. Venugopal was also of the same view, saying that he is not aware of any such incident.
“I don’t think I have heard anyone using those (derogatory) words,” wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv said to The Telegraph on Sunday.
“I’m not very sure… Not aware of it,” said Venugopal, now director of the Andhra Cricket Association.
While Irfan Pathan acknowledged that he had seen racial jibes in domestic cricket, he also urged that people should be educated about the same. However, on Darren’s allegation, he said that he was not aware of such things during the time he played with him.
“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,” Irfan Pathan said.
“But at the same time, we need to educate our people because I’ve seen them (racial jibes) in domestic cricket.
“Some of our cricketers from the south, especially, have faced that in the northern and western parts of the country, though I don’t want to name anyone.”
Sammy, who last featured in IPL in 2017, played for SRH in 2013 and 2014 season. In total, he has played 22 IPL matches, scoring 295 runs and picking 11 wickets.