New Delhi: Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy said a few days ago that he was called by an offensive name in the IPL when he played with Sunrisers Hyderabad. Now Darren Sammy has said that he talked to one of the players who called him by that name and now he is finding ways to educate people about racism. Darren Sammy had said that he and Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera were called Kalu when he played in the Sunrisers in 2013-14. A 2014 Instagram post by Ishant Sharma also confirmed this.
Now West Indies captain Darren Sammy has said in a new tweet that he has talked to a player and he is happy that he will inform people about the racism. Darren Sammy wrote I am very happy to say that I have spoken to a player and we will try to educate people instead of focusing on negativity. My brother has told me that he is from a place where people are loved and I believe in him. Sammy posted a video on Instagram last week, stating that he would ask for clarification and apology to the Sunrisers players who had called Sammy with that objectionable word.
Let me tell you that Darren Sammy made this charge after the vocal support of the Black Lives Matter campaign in the US after the murder of African-origin George Floyd. In which Darren Sammy had said that he used to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL, at that time there was a racist comment. Darren Sammy wrote on Instagram that I have just come to know what ‘Kalu’ means. When I used to play for Sunrisers in IPL, they used to call me and Sri Lankan player Tisara Perera by this name. I used to think it meant a strong person. I came to know a different thing from my previous post and I am angry.
Shortly after this, an old Instagram post of Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma has gone viral. In this post, Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma is seen with Darren Sammy, former captain of West Indies. The caption of the photo uses the word Kalu. In the caption of this photo, fast bowler Ishant Sharma has written, Main, Bhuvi, Kalu, and Gun Sunrisers’. The thing to keep in mind here is that in the 2013 IPL, all these players used to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad.