Daren Sammy’s claim that an International Cricket Council (ICC) bouncer rule in cricket was intended to limit the success of a black team, the West Indies with its pace attack, has been strongly criticized.
Writing in an opinion piece in Sportskeeda, top contributor Sai Krishna described Sammy’s assertion as ridiculous.
Krishna declared that the Saint Lucian cricketer was ‘clutching at straws’.
He observed that when the ICC introduced the bouncer rule in 1991, West Indies cricket was already on the decline.
“In 1991, the ICC decided that they had had enough of batsmen who were left to find a new dentist and ruled that one bouncer an over (per batsman) was enough in all formats of the game,” Krishna wrote.
While expressing the view that the West Indies pace attack of Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Colin Croft and Andy Roberts had something to do with the decision, he declared that the colour of their skin was ‘absolutely not’ a factor.
The Sportskeeda contributor noted that cracks in the West Indian castle of glass had already started appearing.
“Like all great empires, they were destined to fall, but fans just couldn’t wrap their nostalgia-driven heads around the fact,” Krishna wrote.
He declared that despite having its roots in colonialism, the Gentleman’s Game still manages to be a great unifying factor.
“We cannot allow Daren Sammy’s frankly outrageous conspiracy theories to tarnish the game we so dearly love,” Krishna stated.
In an interview last week with Inside Out, Daren Sammy recalled the image of a police officer in the United States kneeling on the neck of Afro-American, George Floyd, who subsequently died.
The death triggered a wave of global protests and reenergized the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.
A demonstration was also held here in Saint Lucia.
“The kneeling on this guy’s neck brought so many scenarios to me. The symbol itself – I saw it as people in power just suffocating those who are less fortunate,” Sammy said.
He made reference to former Australian pace bowlers Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson.
“Looking at the fire in Babylon, looking at what Thomson and Lillee and all those guys were bowling quick and hurting people – broken ribs. And then I watch a black team becoming so dominant and you see the bouncer rule begin to come in and all these things start to come in, and I take it as, and I understand that this is just trying to limit the success a team of colour could have,” Sammy said.
“I might be wrong, but that’s how I see it and the system shouldn’t allow that,” the Saint Lucia and West Indies cricketer stated.
“It has triggered a conversation that has to be had across the cricketing fraternity,” Sammy declared.