Daren Sammy Says He Was Target Of Racial Slurs

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TimesNowNews.Com:- Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has alleged he along with his Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH) teammate Thisara Perera faced racial slurs during their stint in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Several sports stars have spoken about the prevalent racism in different sections of society in the aftermath of the tragic passing away of George Floyd in the United States.

46-year-old Floyd died after a police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. His death has sparked massive outrage across the world with people raising their voice against racism and police brutality.

Sammy, who had previously urged ICC and the cricket fraternity to speak up against racism, has now revealed how he used to get called ‘kalu’ while playing for SRH. He spent two seasons with SRH between 2013 to 2014.

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Kalu means a black person in English. Sammy recalled not just him but his then SRH teammate Perera also used to get called by the same name from some fans.

The former West Indies all-rounder said he didn’t know the exact meaning of the word and thought it meant a ‘strong stallion’.

However, he has been left furious after learning the actual meaning of the word.

“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,” Sammy wrote in his Instagram story.

His revelations expose the dark side of cricket and IPL where fans often cross their limits and throw racial barbs at black players at the stadiums, some also resorting to abuse.

Sammy was one of the first cricketers to speak up after the tragic passing away of Floyd which sparked massive outrage on social media against racism.

He was one of the first cricketers to support the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and urged fellow cricketers to use their voice on social media against racism.

Chris Gayle and Andre Russell had joined Sammy in speaking after Floyd’s death by showing their support to the online campaigns and protests against racism.

On Saturday, Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar also shared his two cents on the issue and shared a quote from Nelson Mandela with a video from ICC featuring England pacer Jofra Archer.

“Nelson Mandela once said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite the world in a way that little else does.”
Wise words,” Tendulkar wrote in a tweet.

 

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