Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy has been an active part of franchise cricket around the world. He has had stints in the Indian Premier League, and actively participates in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and Caribbean Premier League (CPL).
In an interview with IANS, he pointed out the distinct features of each of the T20 leagues.
“Well, all three present different types of pressures. I think they have their own brand to it. In IPL just the pressure of the league in itself is something that could really work on your mind. You tend to score more runs down in IPL,” said Sammy.
“What I have seen in PSL is that it’s not that easy to score runs because of the quality of bowlers in Pakistan. Local bowlers have been really good and as batsman you really have to grind in to score runs there. Definitely the standard of bowling in PSL is the best when compared to all the leagues.
“CPL presents a type of atmosphere that once you mix, you want to go out and entertain. We have some of the best T20 cricketers and to see all of them compete against each other, it brings out that competitiveness and that entertainment that makes CPL the most exciting league in the world,” he added.
Sammy has been vocal on the subject of racism over the past few months, and believes that it needs to be talked about and discussed in open in order to ensure that it is eradicated from all quarters of the society.
Ever since the killing of African-American George Floyd in the US in May, the ‘Black Lives Matter’ has gained prominence across the world and various sports personalities have been lending their support to it. Sammy has been at the forefront of the movement from the cricket fraternity ever since the BLM movement started and has been talking about the issue without mincing words.
“If there’s an issue I’ve been affected or my team has been affected, I will stand up and speak about it. Some people are not as brave as others and that’s why those who are, should be a voice for those who cannot be heard,” Sammy said.
“I think it’s a massive and an important subject that needs to be discussed. Because it’s not about institutional or systemic racism, it’s one-on-one where people of colour get the racial slurs being thrown at them. I think it’s about time that we really take the bull by the horns.
“We need to try to eradicate it because every human being deserves to be treated equally,” he added.
The former West Indies skipper further said that the International Cricket Council (ICC), besides focussing on anti-corruption, should also focus upon racism issues.
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