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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.

Ashwell Prince squeezes a run off Danish Kaneria © AFP
Ashwell Prince squeezes a run off Danish Kaneria © AFP
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It Was No Dream To Represent South Africa After Being Targeted Racially: Ashwell Prince

Ashwell Prince, a Proteas batsman who scored 3,665 runs at an average of 41.64 in 66 Tests, claimed he had been labelled a “quota player” and was not made to feel welcome in the national team.

CSA has for several years set racial “targets” to ensure diversity in the team and several players said they had to fight accusations that they were selected only because of their colour.

Ashwell Prince at a press conference
Ashwell Prince at a press conference © Getty Images

Ashwell Prince: It Was No Dream To Represent South Africa

Allegations of racial discrimination in South African cricket have been made during a month of hearings, with one star claiming he was blasted as a “quota player” and that representing the national team was “no dream”.

Another cricketer said a modified version of the 1970s pop song “Brown Girl in the Ring” was used to single him out. What Cricket South Africa (CSA) described as a Social Justice and Nation Building project was sparked by current fast bowler Lungi Ngidi’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.

Lungi Ngidi. Picture: REUTERS
Lungi Ngidi. Picture: REUTERS

Public criticism of Lungi Ngidi’s comments, including from some former players, led to a statement from a group of black former international cricketers that they had suffered discrimination during their careers. An independent ombudsman, advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, has heard testimony from some prominent former players, including Ashwell Prince and Paul Adams.

“You think that you’re playing for your country, that you’re living a dream, but it was no dream,” said Prince, who now coaches the Cape Cobras franchise team.

Ashwell Prince revealed how three fellow national teammates had used the quota issue to insult him during a franchise game the week before he scored a Test century against Australia as an opening batsman, despite not normally batting in that position.

“I raised my bat to my parents, then to my wife on the other side of the stadium and then, lastly and reluctantly, I raised my bat to my teammates,” he said.

“If I had a choice, I wouldn’t have raised my bat to them. We weren’t a team.”

Ashwell Prince said team management including Gary Kirsten as a coach, had rejected a request from another player of colour to discuss South Africa’s history during a team bonding weekend. He said if such discussions had taken place, the Black Lives Matter issue might not have been so controversial.

Paul Adams Had Not Initially Complained But His Wife Pointed Out He Was Racially Being Targeted

Paul Adams, a spin bowler who took 134 wickets in 45 Tests, said he had been called a “brown shirt” in after-match fines meetings when teammates adapted the words of a Boney M song “Brown Girl in the Ring”.

He said he had not initially complained, but his girlfriend, now his wife, had pointed out that he was being racially stereotyped. Several white former players, including current coach Mark Boucher, director of cricket Graeme Smith and recently retired star batsman AB de Villiers, have been mentioned during the hearings. Mark Boucher has stated that he will respond to allegations against him.

South African spinner Paul Adams. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
South African spinner Paul Adams. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Ashwell Prince said he felt unwelcome throughout his nine years in the national team, was labelled a “quota player” by his teammates on several occasions, and experienced racism in the dressing room. He has not been convinced the issues have been resolved to this day.
Ashwell Prince last played for South Africa in 2011 and detailed how the national team had an opportunity in that year to discuss their diverse backgrounds but rejected it, something that he feels has repercussions on the team dynamic today.
Usman Khawaja of Australia celebrates scoring his century during game five of the One Day International series between India and Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on March 13, 2019 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
Usman Khawaja of Australia celebrates scoring his century during game five of the One Day International series between India and Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground on March 13, 2019 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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Usman Khawaja Revealed Facing Racism During Early Days As A Cricketer

Usman Khawaja revealed that many told him that he would never make it at the top because of his skin colour, as he revealed having faced racism during his early days as a cricketer.

Usman Khawaja became the first Muslim cricketer to play for Australia at the highest level when he made his Test debut in the 2011 Ashes. His achievements inspired several others like him to take up the sport as a profession but the batsman’s journey to the top wasn’t the easiest.

Usman Khawaja .© AFP
Usman Khawaja .© AFP

Usman Khawaja Revealed The Ordeal He Went During Early Days

Usman Khawaja, who came to Australia from Pakistan in the 1990s, did face racism during his early days and was even told that he would never make it to the national team. In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, he revealed the ordeal he went through during those days.

“When I was younger in Australia, the amount of time I got told I was never going to play for Australia, I’m not the right skin colour was immense. I’d get told I don’t fit the team, and they wouldn’t pick me. That was the mentality, but now it’s starting to shift.”, he said.

Usman Khawaja. CREDIT:AAP
Usman Khawaja. CREDIT:AAP

Australia has a decent population of people from the sub-continent. Seeing Usman Khawaja rise through the ranks, many came up to him and praised him for taking the path despite it being a route of extreme resistance.

“When I started being more involved in cricket, people with subcontinent heritage in Australia came up to me and said, “we’re so happy to see you at the top. Seeing someone like you, we feel we’ve got a part in the Australian team, and we support the Australian team. We didn’t do it before, and we do it now,” said Khawaja.

Born in Pakistan, Usman Khawaja moved with his family to Australia when he was a young boy, and in the 2011 Sydney Ashes Test became the first Muslim to play for Australia.

A classy left-hander in the languid style of David Gower, Usman Khawaja won further Test opportunities from 2011 to 2013 but never quite kicked on beyond his regularly appealing starts. Dropped during the 2013 Ashes, he earned another recall in 2015 for the home series against New Zealand following the retirements of Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers.

Usman Khawaja Initially Didn’t Support Australia But Has Played 44 Tests, 40 ODIs And 9 T20Is For Australia

The Islamabad-born even admitted that he didn’t support Australia (in cricket) in the beginning as he didn’t quite connect with the team then. It took him time to adapt before he could leave his background behind and be what he is at present.

“And that kept happening over and over and over again. The more that happened, I realised my background does matter, and it does make a difference. And then I realised from my childhood it probably took me a while to support Australia. I didn’t really support Australia when I first went [from Pakistan] because I didn’t really get it,” he added.

Usman Khawaja - R. V. MOORTHY
Usman Khawaja – R. V. MOORTHY

Usman Khwaja had since played 44 Test, 40 ODI and 9 T20I matches for Australia. The 34-year-old left-hander may be recalled to the Australian team. Usman Khawaja, who has scored 2877 runs in 44 Tests at an average of 40.66, has not played for Australia since August 2019. His last T20I came in 2016 and his last ODI was in July 2019 during World Cup.

But Usman Khawaja’s subcontinent demons were finally put to rest in the UAE in 2018 when he made an epic match-saving century against Pakistan in Dubai. He became Australia’s most senior batsman while Steve Smith and David Warner were banned following the ball-tampering scandal and settled himself in the ODI team with two outstanding tours of India and the UAE in 2019, making his first two ODI centuries to ensure selection in the 2019 World Cup squad.

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Ravichandran Ashwin. PTI
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Ravichandran Ashwin Desires To Connect With Racially Profiled Fan

Ravichandran Ashwin, Indian off-spinner has expressed his desire to connect with fan Krishna Kumar, who was allegedly racially profiled in Sydney by a security officer.

The events had unfolded during the third Test between India and Australia, where even pacer Mohammad Siraj faced racism from a section of Australian supporters.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. Credits: BCCI

Ravichandran Ashwin Wants To Reach Krishna Kumar

The operators of the SCG have already launched an investigation into claims by an Indian cricket supporter, who was told by the security officer to “go back to where you belong”.

According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, Krishna Kumar, who lives in Sydney, was accompanied by a solicitor as he met Venues NSW legal personnel to lodge an official complaint, telling them he felt “stripped and naked” by the treatment on the fifth and final day of the match.

Sydney Cricket Ground
Sydney Cricket Ground. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Taking to Twitter Ravichandran Ashwin replied on Wide World of Sport’s tweet and wrote, “How can I reach you Krishna kumar?? Well done.”

 

Krishna Kumar further alleged a group of spectators called him and members of the Indian team “curry munchers” on Saturday which was the third day of the match a day before six men were ejected by police when Mohammed Siraj stopped play and complained to umpires.

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Cricket Australia Continues Investigations To Reports That Pacers Mohammed Siraj And Jasprit Bumrah Subjected To Racial Taunts At Sydney

Cricket Australia is on process continuing an investigation into reports by the Indian team, that fast bowlers Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah were subject to racial taunts by particular crowd members in Sydney. The Indian supporter Krishna Kumar, who attended three days of the third Test, has told Venues NSW that he was targeted after attempting to bring four banners into the ground on the final 4th day of the Pink Test.

Written on paper roll, they said: “Rivalry is good, racism is not”, “No racism mate”, “Brown inclusion matters” and “Cricket Australia — more diversity please”.

“He told me, ”If you need to address this matter, go back to where you belong. It was a very small banner. I made it out of my kids’ paper roll,” Krishna Kumar mentioned.

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Krishna Kumar left to return the banners to his car, he said the same official then told more junior guards to “make sure we give him a complete frisking when he gets back”.

“To me, this is a pure case of profiling. They changed their entire formation so the guy next to the boundary is standing right in front of me and facing me,” he had said.

“I’m not looking for compensation, I’m not looking for free tickets, I’m not looking for a membership. I want justice. I want accountability. I was feeling stripped, feeling watched and I went there to fight racism. Why should I be stopped from addressing racism, especially at a ground where it was debatable whether it was happening or not?” Kumar had said.

A Venues NSW had said it was “aware of the matter and has met with the complainant”.

“We are investigating the complainant’s allegations and we’ll make no further comment until our investigation is complete,” a spokesperson had said.

Brisbane fans were heard yelling at fast bowler Mohammed Siraj as the bowler was labelled a ‘bloody grub’. The newest racism allegations in 4th Test comes after the SCG Test was stopped for around 10 minutes while police intervened before ejecting a group of fans who directed abuse at Mohammed Siraj. Before the evacuation on the 4th day of 3rd Test, pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj were abused on 2nd and 3rd day too.

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon. Getty Images
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There’s No Room For ‘Disgusting’ Racial Abuse: Nathan Lyon

Nathan Lyon hit out at such racist incidents, speaking to reporters on Wednesday after Mohammed Siraj was subjected to racial slurs in the Sydney Test which led to the play being stopped on Day 4 for 10 minutes.

The Sydney Test between India and Australia went down in history for its fabulous 5th-day action where India managed a draw despite injury concerns but during the course of the five days, it also made news for many wrong reasons too.

Mohammed Siraj.
Mohammed Siraj. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Nathan Lyon: No Room For Any Racial Abuse And It’s Quite Disgusting

Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj had alleged being targeted by racial slurs which he decided to report to the officials immediately. Reactions from all corners of the cricketing fraternity have since poured in and now, Australia spinner Nathan Lyon has termed the entire episode ‘disgusting’. Earlier he and pacer Jasprit Bumrah were abused by the unruly crowd on 3rd day as BCCI officially complained about the incident to ICC.

On Day 4 of the Sydney Test, the play had to be suspended for 10 minutes after Mohammed Siraj reported the incident to the on-field umpires.

“There’s no room for any racial (sledges) or any abuse in any type,” he told reporters on Wednesday. “People think they are being funny, but it can effect people in different ways. For me, cricket is the sport for all and there is no room for it at all.”

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

Nathan Lyon admitted that he himself has been subjected to abuse on the field all over the globe. While some block out and ignore such abuse, others report it. As for Mohammed Siraj, who decided to take up the matter immediately, the security personnel officiating removed the fans from the stadium right then.

“I think it’s quite disgusting to be honest. Yes, I’ve been on the other end of it copping abuse, whether that’s England, New Zealand, South Africa or wherever it may be. But there’s no room for it. As a player you’ve got to try your best to block it out.”

“But if the time is right to call in match officials (you do it). We’ve got a lot of security around the ground these days and if there are anyone doing it then they can be removed, as there’s absolutely no place for it.”

Virat Kohli said racial abuse is absolutely unacceptable while Sachin Tendulkar said those who indulge in racism have no place in the sporting arena. ICC has strongly condemned reported incidents of racism and have offered Cricket Australia all necessary support in investigating the incidents.

Nathan Lyon: It’s Up To The Player Concerned To Report Racial Abuse To Officials

The Aussie off-spinner further stressed that there remains no place for such abuse in the sport. For people coming to the stadium, the only objective should be to enjoy the game and nothing else.

“It well may do (set a precedence to report issues to officials),” he said. “It will be up to that player and how they have been effected. I just really hope in a whole world society we can get over it and people can come to watch us play cricket, with players not going to work and not be worried about being abused. Cricket is a sport for all and it comes down to players and how they’ve been affected.”

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Ravichandran Ashwin, off-spinner of India said racist abuse from the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground is not new and needs to be dealt with an iron fist.

Harbhajan Singh, Indian spinner on Sunday said that the Australian crowd is in the habit of getting involved in unsavory incidents like hurling abuses at the visiting teams. Pragyan Ojha, former Indian spinner reckons that BCCI should, seriously, take up the matter of Mohammed Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah, getting racially abused, with Cricket Australia (CA).

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Australian Crowd Has Been Involved At Hurling Abuses In Past Too: Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh, Indian spinner on Sunday said that the Australian crowd is in the habit of getting involved in unsavoury incidents like hurling abuses at the visiting teams.

Harbhajan Singh’s remarks came as the Indian team on Saturday lodged an official complaint after the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground racially abused Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj over the second and third day of the ongoing Pink Test. In the 4th day too, 6 spectators were asked to leave after abusing Mohammed Siraj again.

Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj
Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Harbhajan Singh Tweets That He Too Have Heard Things On Field

The off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also said that the Australian crowd has made comments in the past about his colour and religion as according to him this isn’t the last time the Australian crowd is doing nonsense stuff and he is concerned about the method to stop the abuse in future.

Harbhajan Singh.
Harbhajan Singh. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

Harbhajan Singh’s remarks came as the Indian team on Saturday lodged an official complaint after the crowd at the SCG racially abused the two pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj in the ongoing 3rd and penultimate Pink Test at Sydney.

 

The crowd did not even stop on day four of the ongoing Pink Test as Mohammed Siraj along with India skipper Ajinkya Rahane had a word with umpire Paul Reiffel regarding the unruly behaviour of the crowd.

Television visuals indicated that there were some words spoken for Mohammed Siraj who was fielding near the boundary rope. Both the umpires then had a word with each other after which the police involved then asked a group of men to leave the stand.

Cricket Australia’s Security Said Strict Action To Be Taken As Cricket Australia Awaits Outcome Of ICC’s Investigation Into Matter

Sean Carroll, Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security on Sunday said that strict action will be taken against the section of fans who hurled racial slurs at Indian pacers Mohammad Siraj and Jasprit Bumrah.

“Cricket Australia condemns in the strongest terms possible all discriminatory behaviour. If you engage in racist abuse, you are not welcome in Australian cricket,” said Carroll, Cricket Australia’s Head of Integrity and Security in an official release.

Mohammed Siraj.
Mohammed Siraj. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“CA is awaiting the outcome of the International Cricket Council’s investigation into the matter reported at the SCG on Saturday. Once those responsible are identified, CA will take the strongest measures possible under our Anti-Harassment Code, including lengthy bans, further sanctions and referral to NSW Police. As series hosts, we unreservedly apologise to our friends in the Indian cricket team and assure them we will prosecute the matter to its fullest extent,” he added.

India has been set a target of 407 to win the third Test at the SCG. India are at 98/2 at stumps on 4th day and need 309 more runs to win and go 2-1 up. Australia declared at 312/6 with the fifties from Marnus Labuschagne (73), Steve Smith (81) and Cameron Green (84).

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Dan Christian Says Racism In Cricket Australia Exists In Casual Form

Dan Christian, the former Australian all-rounder gave his opinion on racism and said that racism in Australian cricket is very much prevalent in the nation’s cricket culture.

Dan Christian debuted in 2010 in T20I and in 2012 in one-dayers for Australia and played his last matches in the first half of 2014. In February 2010, he made his Twenty20 International debut against the West Indies and was a member of Australia’s squad for the 2010 ICC World Twenty20.

Daniel Christian
Daniel Christian

Dan Christian Says Racism In Cricket Australia Exists In Casual Form

Dan Christian, who has played 19 ODIs and 16 T20Is and is only one of the six indigenous players to have featured at the international level for the country, said that racism in Cricket Australia exists in ‘casual form.’

“I think (racism) is an issue in Australian cricket,” Christian said on Cricket Australia‘s Cricket Connecting Country. I don’t think it’s in your face as you might see elsewhere around the world or even elsewhere in Australian culture, but it’s definitely there,” the all-rounder said.

Daniel Christian,RPS
Daniel Christian,RPS

“It’s more of a casual racism. Little throwaway lines here and there that are made to be jokes. And a lot of that, for me personally, has been around the colour of my skin and the fact I don’t look Aboriginal, whatever that means. That’s the most noticeable thing for me,” he added.

He added that while awareness and education are important, it is equally important to call racism out in public.

“We just need to educate ourselves and encourage others around us to educate themselves. And part of that education is calling it out and having the guts to call it out.”

Dan Christian played 19 ODIs and 16 T20Is where he took 20 and 11 wickets averaging less than 30. He also played for Deccan Chargers in 2011-2012, Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2013, defunct Rising Pune Supergiants in 2017, and Delhi Daredevils in 2018.

Dan Christian Received Messages Where Apology Was Sought After Black Lives Matter Movement

After the ‘Black Lives Matter’ came to the fore, Dan Christian himself received a lot of messages which included several apologies from his teammates and contemporaries.

“I’ve received a lot of messages in the past few months from people I’ve played with and against that have said ‘sorry if I’ve ever said anything to you that you’ve been offended by’,” he said.

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daniel christian

“So from that perspective, I think it’s been a wonderful thing to have happened, to be able to have that conversation and for people to want to make change.”

Jason Gillespie is the only one to play Test cricket for Australia and there are about 9 cricketers including women who are Indigenous. Indigenous Australians are people with familial heritage to groups that lived in Australia before British colonization. They include the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia.

Tino Best
Tino Best Image Credits: Twitter
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Tino Best: I Will Play Club Cricket Anywhere In The World But Not In England

Former West Indian pacer, Tino Best has also now come out in support of the allegations made by Chris Gayle and Daren Sammy on racism in cricket. Calling England a racist place, Best said racism was so prevalent there, that he would have played cricket anywhere in the world except the United Kingdom.

Tino Best’s comments have come after other West Indian cricketers, including Chris Gayle and Daren Sammy, expressed outrage over racism in the game. Several athletes have been speaking against racism following the death of an unarmed black man in the USA.

Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy
Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy (Image Credit: Twitter)

Now, Best has also openly criticized England for the racial remarks and hate comments they throw towards the black sportspersons.

Tino Best Agrees Facing Racism In England

“I would go and play club cricket anywhere in the world but not in England. It’s a very racial place. So what Darren (Sammy) and Chris (Gayle) are saying is absolutely true,” Best said during an Instagram Live show Say Yash To Sports.

Tino Best
Tino Best. Image Credits: Twitter

“I feel whenever anyone faces racism, call it out, speak about it and don’t fear about the consequences,” Tino Best added.

If I had Not Had  A Strong Team, They Would Have Lynched Me: Tino Best

“I used to come to the ground and bowl quick and guys would have wanted to beat me up for bowling fast. I was in this situation when if I did not have a strong team they would have probably lynched me. But, you know I tell everyone Tino La Bertram Best is a different type of black man. I was a free black man. Don’t come to me. If you ever disrespect me. I am going to hurt you,” he added.

Tino Best
Tino Best. Image Credits: Twitter

Earlier, two-time T20 World Cup-winning skipper Daren Sammy had opened up about being called ‘Kalu’, a derogatory word to describe black people, by his Sunrisers Hyderbad teammates and demanded an apology from the bunch earlier this week.

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James Anderson fined for showing dissent. Credit: Getty Images
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It Can’t Keep Going The Way It Is: James Anderson Extremely Furious On Racism In Cricket

England’s veteran speedster, James Anderson has clearly stated that he is unhappy with the sort of racism that has evolved in cricket as well. James Anderson has joined the list of cricket superstars who have voiced their opinion against racism and racist remarks in a gentleman’s sport like cricket.

The killing of an African-American man, George Floyd in police custody in the United States has triggered widespread protests across the globe. A number of athletes have come out in support of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement while a few of them have taken the knee as sporting action is slowly getting back on track following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Darren Sammy, IPL, Racism
Darren Sammy. Image Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Now, cricketers have also come out and strongly put out their opinion on the sort of racism that they have had to suffer in international cricket over the years.

James Anderson Voices Out His Opinion On Racism In Cricket

“It’s been a very thought-provoking few weeks for everyone. It’s made me do a lot of thinking, We definitely will have conversations as players about what we can do to make a stand. It’s something that as players and a game we need to be more active with,” James Anderson said.

James Anderson
James Anderson (Image Credit: Google)

“It’s made me think about whether I’ve experienced racism on the cricket field. I couldn’t think of any instances. I wasn’t there when Jofra Archer was abused in New Zealand [in 2019],” he added.

I’ll Try To Support My Teammates: James Anderson

“It also made me think, have I just turned a blind eye to things? I’ll try and support my team-mates if they do suffer any abuse but have I been active in supporting them?” Anderson questioned.

James Anderson
England’s James Anderson tosses a ball during a training session on the eve of the first Ashes cricket test match between Australia and England at Edgbaston in Birmingham, north England on July 31, 2019. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. NO ASSOCIATION WITH DIRECT COMPETITOR OF SPONSOR, PARTNER, OR SUPPLIER OF THE ECB (Photo credit should read LINDSEY PARNABY/AFP/Getty Images)

“The game in general as well – I saw the stat that there’s one black player that’s come through the state school system in county cricket. That’s not okay. We need to actively make this game for everyone. It can’t keep going the way it is. That’s what I’ve been thinking about and is there more that I can do to help as a player,” the English pacer concluded.

Jason Holder said he will consult the rest of his teammates before deciding whether West Indies players will take the knee in support of the anti-racism protests that are going on across the globe during the Test series in England.

Also Read: IPL 2020: BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal Reckons That The Tournament Will Lift The Mood Of The Country After The Crisis

 

Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy
Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Chris Gayle Supports Darren Sammy After His Latest Allegations On SRH Teammates

While the world is now raising the voice against racism, the former two-time T20 World Cup-winning Caribbean captain Darren Sammy has recently blasted some of his Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) teammates for calling him “Kalu”. Now, the Caribbean superstar Chris Gayle has supported Sammy in this fight.

Recently, the 36-year-old Darren Sammy understood the real meaning of the local-Indian word “Kalu”. During his tenure for the IPL team SRH in 2013 and 2014, some of the teammates called him and the Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera with that name.

Earlier, Sammy thought that it meant strong stallion or something others like that. But after recently understood the actual meaning, Sammy has felt that it was a degrading word which made him very angry.

In a recent video on his official social media accounts, Sammy clarified that before revealing those names, who called him “Kalu”, he would talk with them individually to get more clarification on this. Whatever, the all-rounder is very much angry at the present moment, who played 22 IPL matches, including 20 games for the SRH.

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Darren Sammy (Image Credit: Twitter)

It’s never too late to fight for the right cause: Chris Gayle to Darren Sammy

Now, the 40-year-old Chris Gayle has also come out to support Sammy. According to the senior Caribbean cricketer, there is nothing too late when it is the fight for the right cause.

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Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy (Image Credit: Twitter)

Supporting Sammy, Gayle wrote on his Twitter account, “It’s never too late to fight for the right cause or what you’ve experienced over the years! So much more to your story, @darensammy88. Like I said, it’s in the game!! ✊?✊?✊?”

You know how it is bro: Darren Sammy replied

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Darren Sammy (Image Credit: Twitter)

Later, Sammy also replied, “You know how it is bro. Knowledge Is Power. We were not born to be silence.”

Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy together have played 131 international matches (14 Tests, 75 ODIs and 42 T20Is). While the West Indies won the ICC World T20 2012 and ICC World T20 2016 under Sammy’s leadership, Gayle also played important roles during those tournaments.