|‘There is racism in IPL too, me and Thisara Perera are called Kalu,’ claims Windies 2 time World Champion Captain Sammy|
‘There is racism in IPL too, me and Thisara Perera are called Kalu,’ claims Windies 2 time World Champion Captain Sammy
The veteran cricketer, who made the West Indies a 2-time world champion under his leadership, said he has faced racist remarks in the IPL. Darren Sammy has expressed his anger in his Instagram Story.
Darren Sammy-led West Indies has won the ICC T20 World Cup twice.
The issue of racial discrimination has become a hot topic in America following the death of black citizen George Floyd. Now it seems to be spreading in the cricket world as well. Its summer is now falling on the Indian Premier League (IPL), the world’s most expensive domestic T20 cricket tournament. Under his leadership, world champion Darren Sammy has already dismissed the ICC for the West Indies 2 times (2012 and 2016).
He has now alleged racial discrimination in the IPL. Sammy has also named Sri Lankan player Thisara Perera with him. According to Sammy, in the IPL, he and Perera were called ‘Kalu’. He did not know what he meant then. He is now very angry after knowing its meaning.
The former Caribbean team veteran said he has faced racist remarks in the IPL. Darren Sammy has expressed his anger in his Instagram Story. He wrote, ‘I have come to know the meaning of’ Kalu ‘. When I used to play for Sunrisers in IPL, they called me and (Thisara) by the same name. I used to think it meant a strong horse. My earlier post is telling more about this and I am angry. ‘
However, in this post, it is not clear who called him with this racist word. Is he taking the name of a fan or someone else? Darren Sammy had tweeted earlier and appealed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to raise his voice against racism. He also warned that if he did not do so, he would be blamed for the problem.
He had said, “Even after watching the latest video, if the cricket world does not stand against the injustice done against blacks, it will also be considered part of this problem. Blacks are not only in America, but worldwide Racism has to be dealt with. ”Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, and many other players have voiced against racial discrimination.
Let us tell you that African-American citizen George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, USA. A video surfaced of his death, in which a white police officer stabbed George Floyd’s neck with a knife, leading to his death. Since then, there has been a worldwide uprising against racial discrimination. The sports world has also come forward on this issue.