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England skipper Joe Root (Photo | PTI)
England skipper Joe Root (Photo | PTI)
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Everyone Has To Ensure Racism Doesn’t Happen Again In England Cricket, Says Joe Root

Joe Root has said that they have to make sure racism does not happen again further in England cricket. England skipper Joe Root has said everyone has to find ways of creating more opportunities to make the sport “more diverse” following Azeem Rafiq‘s allegations of racism at Yorkshire.

Azeem Rafiq has spoken out about racism at Yorkshire  Getty Images
Azeem Rafiq has spoken out about racism at Yorkshire  Getty Images

Joe Root: Everyone Has To Ensure Racism Doesn’t Happen Again In England Cricket

Azeem Rafiq, Joe Root’s former teammate at the club, had accused the County side of racism following which Yorkshire released a statement regarding the investigation into the matter. In September 2020, the Yorkshire County Cricket Club launched a full investigation into allegations of racism and now in a release has stated that Azeem Rafiq was the victim of inappropriate behaviour.

“As a former team-mate and friend, it’s hard to see Azeem hurting as he is. More than anything, it just shows that there is a lot of work we have to do in the game,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Root as saying.

“It’s a societal issue in my opinion. We have seen it in other sports; we have seen it in other areas. As a sport, we have got to keep trying to find ways of making sure this isn’t a conversation that keeps happening. We have got to find ways of creating more opportunities, making our game more diverse and educating better,” he added.

The England skipper said one needs to make sure that racism doesn’t happen again “further down the line”.

“I don’t think that just comes from players and administrators: it’s from everyone in the game. There has got to be a want and a will to do that. It is something we have to prioritise as a sport and make sure this isn’t something that happens again further down the line,” said Root.

Jofra Archer - GETTY IMAGES
Jofra Archer – GETTY IMAGES

Azeem Rafiq, the former England U19 and Yorkshire captain revealed the experience of racism while playing in English domestic cricket left him on the brink of suicide.

Azeem Rafiq played in 38 First class, 35 List A, and 95 T20 matches representing Yorkshire from 2008-2014 and also in 2016 and 2018 where he picked up 71, 43 and 102 wickets respectively and even scored 1 ton in First Class. He played in Derbyshire on short term loan in 2011.

Racism is not new to cricket with even the likes of Brian Lara targeted for racism. The famous incidents came when Australian Andrew Symmonds accused Harbhajan Singh of racially abusing him, Darren Sammy was insulted in IPL, spectators abusing England’s Jofra Archer, commentator Dean Jones calling South African batsman Hashim Amla terrorist in 2006 are a few to speak of.

Ollie Robinson, England pacer apologized after a series of tweets of a racist and sexist nature came to light during his Test debut against New Zealand at Lord’s. He apologized for a series of racial and sexist tweets he had put out as a teenager back in 2012-14. Ollie Robinson was aged 18 and 19 at that time. An initial one-game suspension was imposed by the England and Wales Cricket Board before Ollie Robinson withdrew himself from selection for his county side Sussex for the T20 games.

Joe Root: England Will Observe The Moment Of Unity Before 3rd Test Begins

Joe Root also informed that England will observe a “moment of unity” and sport anti-discrimination t-shirts ahead of the third Test against India, which gets underway on Wednesday.

“I think it is really important we have the moment of unity. We have to keep showing the sport is for everyone and that we are desperate to make everyone feel welcome to it. It’s such a brilliant sport and should be open to everyone,” said Joe Root.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

“We have to do more, I get that. But, as a team, it is a big focus for us to make the game for everyone and to make it as welcoming as we can. I know we keep talking about it but I am desperate to do something about it. Hopefully, in time, you can see that come into action,” he added.

The first Test ended in a draw but India staged an incredible comeback to take the second game by 151 runs at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. Both sides will now lock horns in the third Test, beginning Wednesday at Headingley, Leeds.

Darren Sammy goes traditional after Peshawar Zalmi's PSL title win in 2017 AFP via Getty Images
Darren Sammy goes traditional after Peshawar Zalmi's PSL title win in 2017 AFP via Getty Images
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Darren Sammy Insists PSL 2021 Wasn’t Called Off Due To Him And Wahab Riaz

Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz had allegedly breached the bio-secure bubble in the first half of PSL 2021. The Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 will reportedly resume in the first week of June, and all the teams would be gearing up for the marquee event.

Wahab Riaz. Image - @thePSLt20/Twitter.
Wahab Riaz. Image – @thePSLt20/Twitter.

Darren Sammy Insists He And Wahab Riaz Didn’t Break The Bio-Secure Bubble

The T20 tournament, which was initially scheduled to take place in February and March, was suspended midway after several members contracted the COVID-19 virus despite being in the bio-bubble. While the main reason behind the breach isn’t understood yet, some reports suggested that Wahab Riaz and Darren Sammy have violated the protocols. Darren Sammy is the head coach of Peshawar Zalmi, while Wahab Riaz leads the side.

At the start of PSL 2021, the duo was accused of breaching the bio-secure protocols to meet team owner Javed Afridi during their practice session. As per the rules, they were supposed to be in isolation for three days and had to return two negative COVID-19 tests to be allowed back in the bubble. However, Darren Sammy and Wahab Riaz joined the squad before the required period, and the latter even played all the games.

England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan.
England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan. (Source: Twitter/ Getty Images)

Subsequently, fans lashed out at Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for easing the norms for the duo. The duo came under the scanner even further when the entire competition was postponed. Speaking of the same, Darren Sammy claimed he had nothing to do with the PSL being paused indefinitely.

“I wouldn’t say we broke the bio-secure bubble. This is new territory for everybody. When I read the news, it made it sound like Wahab and myself left the hotel and ventured out. We just had training and we said hello to our boss (Javed Afridi). By the time we realized what had happened, we had two COVID tests, so did the Boss,” Sammy said in an interview with The Current.

Peshawar Zalmi has a strong squad for PSL 2021 consisting of the likes of Fabian Allen, David Miller, Fidel Edwards, Imam-ul-Haq, Kamran Akmal, Shoaib Malik, and the team management will expect their batsmen to perform better under mentor and batting consultant Inzamam-ul-Haq’s guidance.

Fawad Ahmed, Tom Banton, and another Islamabad United player besides one support staff member with the Karachi Kings (Kamran Khan) testing positive for Covid-19 have led to concerns which eventually led to the postponement of PSL 2021.

Darren Sammy: PSL 2021 Wasn’t Called Off Because Of Me And Wahab Riaz Shaking Hands With Peshawar Zalmi Boss

Highlighting that no one from the Peshawar Zalmi squad had got infected, the former West Indies captain said that the whole team was very strict about the rules, so it would be wrong to claim that PSL 2021 was suspended due to Wahab Riaz and his actions.

“We were negative and I could tell you from that day onwards, Peshawar Zalmi was really strict to the books and if you noticed, none of our players tested positive during or after that and the tournament was definitely not called off because of me and Wahab shaking hands with our boss at the cricket ground,” he added.

Darren Sammy
Darren Sammy. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

PSL will now be resuming in Abu Dhabi, with Darren Sammy joining his team soon. The Wahab Riaz-led side is currently second in the team standings, with three wins in five games.

Only 14 games were completed in the 34-match tournament. The remaining 20 Pakistan Super League 2021 matches are scheduled to be held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from June 1-20.

Wasim Khan (Getty Images)
Wasim Khan (Getty Images)
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Pakistan Super League 2021 To Be Held In Abu Dhabi Confirms Wasim Khan

Pakistan Super League 2021 which is in its 6th season had seen a surge of COVID-19 cases as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to halt and postpone the ongoing tournament in March 2021.Only 14 games were completed in the 34-match tournament. The remaining 20 Pakistan Super League 2021 matches are scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from June 1-20.

Pakistan Super League 2021
Pakistan Super League 2021 Photo Credit: PCB.

Pakistan Super League 2021 Will Be Held In UAE’s Abu Dhabi As The Remaining Hurdles Have Been Sorted Out

The remainder of the truncated 6th edition of the Pakistan Super League 2021 is set to go ahead in Abu Dhabi after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that they have received all outstanding approvals and exemptions from the United Arab Emirates government. The PCB will now hold an online meeting with the franchises later today to apprise them of the situation and finalize all the details, which will be shared in due course.

“We are delighted with this development as the remaining hurdles in the staging of the remaining HBL PSL 6 matches in Abu Dhabi have been overcome and all systems are now good to go,” Wasim Khan, PCB’s Chief Executive, said.

Pakistan Super League (Image Source: Google)
Pakistan Super League (Image Source: Google)

“We are grateful to the UAE government, National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, Emirates Cricket Board, and Abu Dhabi Sports Council for their support and patronage in ensuring all final obstacles were removed, which has firmly put us in a position to complete our marquee event. The PCB, in consultation with the team owners, will now work at pace to finalize all event-related arrangements, details of which will be shared in due course,” he added.

The tournament, which originally started on February 20th in a special set-up bio-bubble in Karachi, had to be halted after only 14 games were completed as cases of Covid-19 arose due to a breach of the bio-bubble.

PSL 6 Was Postponed After Completion Of 14 Games As Tom Banton And Fawad Ahmed Contracted The Dreaded Virus

The 15th game of the Pakistan Super League 2021 between Quetta Gladiators and Islamabad United, had to be postponed after Australia’s Fawad Ahmed tested positive for COVID-19. Subsequently, three more cases including England’s Tom Banton were reported across teams, forcing the immediate suspension of the league.

The PCB then finalized the schedule for the rest of the Pakistan Super League 2021, to be played in a stricter bio-bubble in Karachi, starting from June 1st. But the worsening Covid-19 situation in Karachi forced the franchises to write to PCB seeking that the tournament is moved out, preferably to the UAE – which has in the past successfully hosted the tournament.

England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan.
England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan. (Source: Twitter/ Getty Images)

However, their plans met with an unexpected objection from the UAE government which insisted everyone coming into the city/state should have taken vaccination. The PCB contended that it had no control over foreign technicians and television crew members travelling from different countries including India.

Following this, the PCB held a meeting with the Emirates Cricket Board and is understood to have given 24 hours to the board to resolve the matters. Simultaneously, the Pakistan board officials also apprised the six PSL franchises of the developments. All parties involved later agreed to wait for 24 hours.

Apart from the positive cases but there were breaches also reported of the bio-bubble prepared by the PCB. Peshawar Zalmi’s Wahab Riaz and Darren Sammy had met their franchise owner, who was not part of the bubble. Pakistan-born Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed had tested positive for the coronavirus before the game between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators on March 1. The game was thereafter postponed to March 2 after initially being deferred until 9 PM.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). (Photo: Twitter)
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Pakistan Cricket Board Yet To Receive Some Clarifications From The UAE Which May Lead To Postponement Of PSL 6

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the six franchise owners on Wednesday discussed in a virtual session the operational planning and delivery of the remaining 20 Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches, which are scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from June 1-20.

Following detailed discussions in which all potential scenarios were reviewed and analyzed, it was unanimously agreed to wait until the close of business on Thursday (UAE time) before a final decision on the hosting of the remaining matches is made.

Pakistan Cricket Board: PSL Trophy, PSL 2021
Pakistan Cricket Board: PSL Trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Needs Clarifications From Relevant Authorities In UAE And If It’s Not Received, The Remaining Matches Will Be Postponed Again

Pakistan Super League 2021 which is in its 6th season had seen a surge of COVID-19 cases as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to halt and postpone the ongoing tournament in March 2021. Only 14 games were completed in the 34-match tournament. Fawad Ahmed and Tom Banton contracted the virus while Wahab Riaz and Darren Sammy breached the bio bubble protocols which led to the postponement of IPL 6.

England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan.
England batsman Tom Banton tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan. (Source: Twitter/ Getty Images)

PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan in an official release said: “In today’s online discussion, we updated the team owners that the PCB had been advised that the PSL had received approvals from the relevant authorities in the UAE. However, some clarifications on certain exemption requests are still awaited, which are expected at some stage on Thursday.”

“The team owners agreed that if we do not receive clarity by Thursday afternoon, then they’ll have no other option but to request postponement of the remaining 20 matches. In the meantime, we will continue to liaise with the UAE government and the Emirates Cricket Board as they are equally keen for the event to be held in the UAE,” he added.

Earlier, the Abu Dhabi government had given its nod to host the remaining fixtures of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the Emirates.

PSL 2021 Will Resume In June

The governing body Pakistan Cricket Board had said last month that the PSL would resume on June 1 and the remaining 20 games would take place in Karachi’s National Stadium, with the final on June 20.

It was reported that all six PSL franchises had asked the Pakistan Cricket Board to move the tournament to the UAE, which also hosted last year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. The lucrative IPL T20 competition of 2021 was suspended abruptly this week, triggered by a resurgence of the pandemic in India.

Pakistan Super League 2021
Pakistan Super League 2021

However, UAE authorities put forward a condition that all the participants need to be vaccinated against Covid-19, which was reported by ESPNcricinfo. This possessed a challenge to the PCB as the teams and broadcast crew to involve people from all around the world and each country has its own process of vaccination.

PSL six was postponed after a string of COVID-19 cases were reported in March this year. The tournament will now resume in June with the final scheduled for June 20.

West Indies
West Indies. Image Credits: Twitter
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Most Youngsters Are Unable To Understand What Cricket Is To Windies, Says Curtly Ambrose

Curtly Ambrose, the former tearaway fast bowler feels that it could be difficult for the West Indies to regain their glory days of the 1970-the 1980s because the current crop of players probably doesn’t quite understand what cricket means to the Caribbean people.

West Indies dominated world cricket from the 70s to the early 90s, as they captured the first two editions of the World Cup during this period. However, their fortunes dipped drastically from the mid-90s, and they have not been the same force to be reckoned with since then.

West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose | Kieran Doherty/ Reuters
West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose | Kieran Doherty/ Reuters

Curtly Ambrose: Most Youngsters Don’t Understand What Cricket Means To Windies

Speaking on Talk-Sports Live, pacer Curtly Ambrose lamented the lack of appreciation for the legacy of West Indies cricket among the current players.

“Most of the youngsters we have now probably don’t quite understand what cricket means to West Indians in the West Indies and abroad because cricket is the only sport that really unites Caribbean people.”

West Indies winning 1979 ODI World Cup
West Indies winning 1979 ODI World Cup Image Sources: SportsKeeda, Sky Sports

Curtly Ambrose elaborated why he doesn’t believe West Indies could be a great team all over again.

“This is no disrespect to the players we have now because we have a couple of guys who have some quality in them and can become great, but what we have to understand is that I don’t think we will ever see those great, exceptional glory days again.”

The West Indies appeared in three consecutive World Cup finals (1975, 1979, and 1983), and was the first team to win back-to-back World Cups (1975 and 1979).

Statistics highlight their dominance between 1976 and 1995, which coincided with their golden era. West Indies won 71 of the 137 Tests they played in that era, losing only 18 – a win-loss ratio of 3.89.

In the 80s and until the mid-90s, the Calypso Kings played 31 Test series, winning 21 and losing only one. In the shorter format of the game too, the Windies were unstoppable. Apart from winning the 1975 and 1979 World Cups, the Windies were consistent performers in One Day internationals, winning 173 of the 270 matches played between 1979 and 1995 – a win percentage of just over 64.

Curtly Ambrose: West Indies Could Find It Difficult To Produce Legends Like Viv Richards

The 57-year-old further added that West Indies could find it difficult to produce legends like Viv Richards or Michael Holding in the future.

“It’s going to be difficult to find another Viv Richards or a Haynes and Greenidge, a Brian Lara, Richie Richardson, you know, a Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Michael Holding, Andy Roberts, and the list goes on and on, Clive Lloyd. It’s going to be extremely difficult to find those quality players again.”

Curtly Ambrose claimed 405 scalps in 98 Tests and feels that despite the possibility to top the rankings by climbing the charts, the glory days are more or less over.

“When we were the best team in the word, West Indians all over the globe could walk and boast about how good we were because we were the best, so it’s going to be difficult to see those glory days again. Yes, we can be competitive and climb up the ICC rankings and be a force to be reckoned with again, but those glory days, I don’t think we will see them again.”

West Indies T20I World Cup 2016 Winners
West Indies T20I World Cup 2016 Winners Image Sources: SportsKeeda, Sky Sports

West Indies are the defending champions in the T20 World Cup(2016); they also won the tournament in 2012. However, they have struggled to make an impact in ODIs and Tests in the last two decades.

The West Indies have won the ICC Cricket World Cup twice (1975 and 1979), the ICC T20 World Cup twice (2012 and 2016), the ICC Champions Trophy once (2004), and have also finished as runners-up in the Cricket World Cup (1983), the Under 19 Cricket World Cup (2004), and the ICC Champions Trophy (2006).

However, West Indies were eliminated from the group stage in the 2019 World Cup and didn’t reach finals again since 1983 and failed to reach semi-finals after 1996. West Indies are currently placed 8th in ODI, 8th in Test, and 10th in T20Is according to the latest ICC rankings.

With inefficiency and corruption plaguing the WICB, financially struggling players looked towards the cash-rich IPL. Players like Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, and Darren Sammy became IPL stars. IPL’s success prompted other boards to launch their own T20 tournament.

One can now watch the likes of Chris Gayle and Dwayne Bravo in PSL, CPL, BPL, and the BBL too. West Indian cricketers have turned into “T20 mercenaries” – those who prioritize clubs over national duties.

Pakistan Super League 2021
Pakistan Super League 2021
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PCB Postpones PSL 2021 Following Surge In COVID-19 Cases

Pakistan Super League 2021 which is in its 6th season has seen a surge of COVID-19 cases as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to halt and postpone the ongoing tournament.

Pakistan Super League 2021 was meant to be played at four venues this year, however, due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the PCB decided to hold all 34 matches in Karachi and Lahore. The first leg of 20 matches is being played at the National Stadium in Karachi until March 7 and the following 10 league games and four playoff matches are scheduled for Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. Only 14 games were completed in the 34-match tournament.

Shaheen Afridi celebrates a wicket in Pakistan Super League 2021...pcb
Shaheen Afridi celebrates a wicket in Pakistan Super League 2021 (Photo: PCB)

Pakistan Super League 2021: Fawad Ahmed And Tom Banton Tested Covid-19 Positive While Wahab Riaz And Darren Sammy Breached BioSecure Bubble

But all this preparation went in vain as three players- Fawad Ahmed, Tom Banton (who revealed his positive test publicly on Wednesday) and another Islamabad United player – and one support staff member with the Karachi Kings (Kamran Khan) testing positive for Covid-19 have led to concerns.

England batsman Tom Banton has tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan.
England batsman Tom Banton has tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan. (Source: Twitter/ Getty Images)

Now only the positive cases, there were breaches also reported of the bio-bubble prepared by the PCB. Peshawar Zalmi’s Wahab Riaz and Daren Sammy had met their franchise owner, who was not part of the bubble.

It was also reported that the duo reintegrated with the other members of their squad without following the proper bio-secure protocols. Peshawar Zalmi was allowed to play them after they refused to take the field against Quetta Qalandars without these two players. Players’ families also joined the bio bubble without spending time in quarantine and proper testing and were seen mingling with players in the stands at the National Stadium in Karachi.

Pakistan Cricket Board Decided To Postpone PSL 2021 Immediately After 7 Players Tested Positive For Covid-19

According to details, seven players and one support staff official had tested positive for the dreaded virus which led to question marks over PCB’s bio-secure bubble arrangements and reservations from foreign players. Following a meeting with the team owners and considering the health and since the wellbeing of all participants is paramount, the Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to postpone the tournament with immediate effect.

Fawad Ahmed....PCB
Fawad Ahmed. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images)

“HBL PSL 6 POSTPONED. PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan, Director – Commercial and Babar Hamid, will hold a media conference at the National Stadium at 3pm to provide further updates,” PCB tweeted while confirming the news.

Pakistan-born Australian leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed was tested positive for the coronavirus before the game between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators on March 1. The game was thereafter postponed to March 2 after initially being deferred until 9 PM on Monday.

In Pakistan Super League 2021, Karachi Kings, Peshawar Zalmi, Islamabad United, and Lahore Qalandars have 6 points each while Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators have 2 points each. Mohammed Rizwan is the leading run-scorer while Saqib Mahmood is the leading wicket-taker.

Pakistan Super League 2021 has seen the participation of several star players like Babar Azam, Colin Ingram, Chris Gayle, Faf Du Plessis, Ben Cutting, Joe Denly, David Miller, Ravi Bopara, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Wahab Riaz, Shoaib Malik, Alex Hales, Imran Tahir, Carlos Braithwaite, Chris Lynn and Shahid Afridi among others.

Darren Sammy, Ishant Sharma
Daren Sammy. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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I Pay Close Attention To IPL As Games Are Really Exciting: Darren Sammy

West Indies cricketer Darren Sammy has revealed he loves watching IPL games because every match is so exciting until the end. Sammy had featured in the IPL with Sunrisers Hyderabad and was also their skipper for one year.

The 13th edition of IPL was originally scheduled to kick off from March 29 was postponed indefinitely after April 15 due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the nation. The postponing of the World Cup to 2021 gave the IPL a window to be conducted in September.

Darren Sammy is currently captaining  St Lucia Zouks in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) who are second on the table. Sammy had recently alleged racism within the SRH camp and has been very vocal on the Black Lives matter movement.

IPL 2020, BCCI, Darren Sammy, SRH
Darren Sammy. Image Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“I follow and I pay close attention to it because the games are always exciting,” says Darren Sammy

Sammy who has played in the IPL in the Sunrisers Hyderabad colours tells he will follow the tournament thoroughly because it is so captivating. He also said he loves watching his colleagues play in the IPL and young talent being given a chance.

“I have not played IPL for a while so I am not gonna miss it but yes, it’s the tournament I follow and I pay close attention to it because the games are always exciting, I love to see young talent coming in and I have some of my colleagues who also play in the IPL so I am looking forward to it this year,” Sammy said in an interaction with ANI

Daren Sammy
Daren Sammy. Credits: Twitter

Darren Sammy plays with Black Lives Matter logo in the CPL still, says ‘it’s important for me’

The former West Indies world cup winning skipper has been vocal on the Black Lives Matter and his extensive support to the moment. He says he is proud to be part of the movement and will continue his fight for equality against racism.

“I have been advocating that it’s important to treat everyone as equal regardless of the colour of their skin so yes, I am proud to be taking part in the anti-racism campaign and I am showing solidarity with it. I am probably the only player who is playing with the black lives matter logo on the back of my shirt in the CPL so it’s important for me,” Sammy said.

“Whatever is happening in the world and especially in America for black people who have been oppressed for so many years, it is important for me as an athlete, as a leader to show my solidarity and stand against such social and systemic oppression on people of colour,” he added.

Daren Sammy
Daren Sammy Image Credits: Twitter

Darren Sammy had led his side to two world cup wins in 2012 and 2016.  The all-rounder has been outstanding in the T20 format playing 68 T20Is for the Caribbean team, managing to score 587 runs. Along with scoring so many runs, he is also good with ball managing to take 44 wickets at an economy rate of 7.31.

Darren Sammy, Ishant Sharma
Daren Sammy. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Spoke To Ishant Sharma And Have Moved On; Darren Sammy On Facing Racial Remark From The Former

West Indies former skipper Darren Sammy has opened up that he had a chat with Ishant Sharma and hold no grudges for the Indian cricketer for using the racial remark for him. 

Darren Sammy had opened up that he had to face racial remark during his IPL’s stint for Sunrisers Hyderabad. His revelation has given support to other cricketers to come forward and openly talk about facing racism. Sammy had said that he was often referred to as ‘Kaalu’ (Black), a racial slur the meaning of which he understood only recently.

Ishant Sharma, on his official Instagram, had used that racial term for the West Indies player which is evidence of Sammy’s allegation.

The Windies was angry and shout out on his official account for the same. He had asked for an apology but subsequently, he softened his stand.

Darren Sammy has opined that he had chats with India’s premier pacer and had sorted out with him. He opined that he consider Ishant as his brother. 

“I don’t hold grudges. I have spoken to Ishant Sharma. I consider him a brother like I did back in 2014 and ’15 when playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad,” Sammy told PTI in an interview facilitated by his Caribbean Premier League franchise St Lucia Zouks. 

However, he said that he would never get back from speaking against racism. The batsman had no regrets of openly talk about the subject which had been ignored for a long period. 

“But again if I find out that a possible racial slur is being used to describe me, no matter what time I find out, I will ask questions about it and that’s what I did. 

“I have spoken and voiced my opinion and I am moving on. All these issues started a conversation in the cricket fraternity. I have no regrets talking about that,” he said.

Here is the post of Ishant Sharma on Darren Sammy addressing ‘Kalu’:

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Darren Sammy. Image Credit: BCCI/IPL.
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Had Conversation With A Couple Of SRH Players: Darren Sammy On Revealing Facing Racist Remark During IPL

West Indies’ T20 World Cup-winning captain Darren Sammy — is the first cricketer to openly talk about facing racist remarks on the cricketing field. He had opened up that he was addressed as ‘Kalu’ during the Indian Premier League (IPL) while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). However, he hadn’t clear who and at what time around he faced that remark. 

But, as Darren Sammy raised his voice, several other cricketers and his teammates Chris Gayle came forward to talk on the racism in cricket. Especially, cricketers from South Africa, who has a history of discriminating people based on skin colour, were the one who mostly participated in the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. 

Darren Sammy: I don’t care if you are a superpower or not…

Darren Sammy
Daren Sammy. Image Credit: Getty Images.

While talking to TOI, Darren Sammy has thrown light on his claim of facing racist remarks during the most-watched T20 League. He revealed that he had talked with several of SRH players and had moved on. However, the Windies said that he would not stop raising his voice against anyone either it’s a superpower. 

“I think on that matter, as you have seen not many people came out and spoke about it, that’s on them. But I did have conversation with a couple of the players. I heard what they had to say and have moved on from that particular time. But I won’t stop talking about the potential racism talk that’s going around; it’s real. I don’t care if you are a superpower or not, there is no time for that in this,” Darren Sammy said.

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Darren Sammy. Image Credits: Twitter

The injustice against black people raised around the world after the tragic death of George Floyd. The 46-year old black American was died because of suffocation after a white police officer kneeling on his neck for over almost eight minutes. The video of which went viral on social and it kick-started the #Blacklivesmatter movement worldwide. 

Darren Sammy, Ishant Sharma
Daren Sammy. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Darren Sammy Responds To Players Who Opposed Lungi Ngidi For Supporting “Black Lives Matters” Campaign

The World Cup-winning captain Darren Sammy, who became the first cricketer to get vocal about racism, has slammed those former South African cricketers who went against Lungi Ngidi after he also joined Black Lives Matter campaign.

The 24-year-old Lungi Ngidi had said that his country should also stand the racial discrimination against black people like the whole world is doing. But his statement was supported by former Proteas cricketers, saying that the pacer should also speak up against the attacks on white farmers in the country.

Former Proteas stand against Lungi Ngidi:

Lungi Ngidi
Lungi Ngidi. Credit: AP

The former wicket-keeper Rudi Steyn raised his voice against Nigdi in a Facebook post. He also got the backing of two other former cricketers Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar. 

“I believe the Proteas should make a stand against racism, but if they stand up for ‘Black Lives Matter’ while ignoring the way white farmers are daily being ‘slaughtered’ like animals, they have lost my vote,” wrote Steyn in his post. 

Darren Sammy raises his hands in support of Ngidi:

Darren Sammy
Darren Sammy. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Replying to those against Ngidi, Darren Sammy took to twitter and wrote that he was with the youngster in raising his voice. 

“The fact that some past players have an issue with @NgidiLungi stance on #blacklivesmatter movement is actually the reason why we are still here today saying black lives matter. Smfh #standupbrother we here with u,” the former Windies all-rounder wrote. 

Meanwhile, the Black Lives Matter campaign started after the death of black American George Floyd by a white US policeman. Floyd’ died after the policemen knelt in his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds while he was begging for mercy. The video of the whole incident went viral on social media which began a whole moment against racial discrimination.  

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