Daren Sammy Wants ICC To Educate Young Cricketers On Racism

Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy on Sunday said just like awareness around anti-doping or anti-corruption it is important to educate young cricketers on anti-racism at a systematic level to reduce discrimination and promote the value of diversity.

Sammy was speaking during ICC’s online series Interviews Inside Out which was moderated by former West Indies fast bowler Ian Bishop and also featured England’s Isa Guha, former South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy, former Australia allrounder Tom Moody, and Pakistan’s Bazid Khan.

“There is a need for education at a systematic level. Just as there is an emphasis on education around anti-doping or anti-corruption, the same emphasis must be given to educating the youth on anti-racism in order to help young cricketers understand diversity in cricket and adapt early on,” Sammy, a two-time T20 World Cup-winning skipper, said.

Earlier this month, Sammy had demanded an apology after claiming that he was subjected to racism during his stint with Sunrisers Hyderbad teammates in the IPL when he was called ‘Kalu’ — a derogatory word to describe black people — by his teammates.

Racism is a topic of global debate right now after the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in the USA.

“Leaders in our cricket community whether it is a captain, senior player, a coach or an administrator, we have an enormous responsibility as an educator along many different platforms,” Moody, a two-time World Cup winner, said.

“One of those platforms I think that has been neglected and not given the attention that is required and that is the understanding of the different levels of racism that exists within the game.”

“If there is anything positive that has come out of this, is that it is highlighting that we need to be a lot more understanding of how we can make this better as individuals.”

England cricketer Guha said it is an opportunity to make a change and gave the example of the England team for its diversity.

“We have a real opportunity with cricket because it does cross different races, backgrounds, and religions, and does bring all of these different people together,” said Guha, a former women’s World Cup and T20 World Cup winner.

“It is really a sport that unites everyone. I mean, look at the current England (men’s) team, we stumbled upon this team that is so diverse. But the most important thing for me is representation.”

Making his closing remarks, Bishop said: “There is no one here who is demanding a free gift, we all work very diligently and very hard and what we want to see is equality across the globe and an equal chance for everyone.”

5 COMMENTS

    • Well a lot of very dark St. Lucian men seem to prefer lighter skinned women until their kids turn out dark, and then reality hits…people are entitled to change their perspective based on their experiences. It is called wisdom.

  1. Majority of dark skinned men, once they become successful they get married to light skinned, fair skinned, and white women. Black people are famous for this. Black men in sports and the entertainment industry discriminate against their own race. From Tiger woods to Michael Jordan to Kanye West to Usain Bolt etc. Dwayne ‘the Rock’ Johnson all his movies his leading ladies are white and both his ex wife and current wife are both white women, although he is not white. Even right here you see successful men in business like lawyers, CEOs their wives are fair skinned, or white women.
    Sammy you married a fair skinned woman and you described her as ‘shabin’. Why didn’t you stay in your lane and marry someone with the same complexion as you? and why would you describe your wife according to her skin colour and when you are refer to as a dark person you get offended. We must stop identifying people based on their complexion. Stop with this ‘shabin’. I do agree with you though, that we must educate our people about racism.

  2. Denzel Washington marry a black woman. Samuel Jackson marry a black woman. Snop dogg marry a black woman. Ll cool J marry a black woman. Just to name a few.

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