The issue of racial discrimination has become a hot topic in America following the death of black civilian George Floyd. Now it seems to be spreading in the cricket world as well. Its heat is now seen 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 rejected 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, he and Perera were called ‘Kalu’ in the IPL. He did not know what he meant then. He is now very angry after finding out the meaning of this.
The former Caribbean team legend 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 used to call me and (Thisara) by this name. I used to think that it means a strong horse. My earlier post is giving some more meaning to it and I am angry. ‘
However, it is not clear in this post who used to call him with this racist word. Is he taking a fan name or someone else? Darren Sammy had earlier tweeted 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 this problem.
He had said, “Even after watching the latest video, if the cricket world does not stand against the injustice done against blacks then it will also be considered part of this problem. Blacks have to face racism not only in the US but around the world. Many other players have also voiced against Gayle, including Chris Gayle, Andre Russell.
Let me tell you that African-American citizen George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis, USA. A video surfaced about his death, in which a white police officer stabbed George Floyd’s neck with his knee, causing his death. Since then there has been a worldwide voice against racial discrimination. The sports world has also come forward on this issue.