‘Just learnt what ‘Kalu’ meant’: Former WI captain Darren Sammy alleges racism while playing IPL for Hyderabad
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy on Saturday alleged that he was subjected to racist comments while he was playing the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Sammy played for Hyderabad in 2013 and 2014 and even captained the team in few matches.
The allegations from the former West Indies T20 World Cup winning captain came days after his vociferous support to the 'Black Lives Matter' campaign around the world after the killing of African-American George Floyd in the US
"I just learnt what that 'kalu' meant when I played for Sunrisers in the IPL. They call me and Perera by that name. I thought it meant strong Stallion. My previous post tells me something different and I'm angry," Sammy wrote on his Instagram page on Saturday. However, Sammy did not revealed the exact timing when he faced these remarks or by whom.
"Oh so that's what that meant when they called me and @tp_perera kalu in India when we played for Sunrisers. I just thought they were calling me strong black man… I'm more piss (sic) now,” Sammy wrote.
Earlier, when the Black Lives Matter protests erupted in America after 46-year-old African-American George Floyd died on May 25 in Minneapolis after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, Sammy had urged the ICC to take serious note of racism which exists in the gentleman's game.
"@ICC and all the other boards are you guys not seeing what's happening to ppl like me? Are you not gonna speak against the social injustice against my kind. This is not only about America," he had tweeted earlier.
. @ICC and all the other boards are you guys not seeing what’s happening to ppl like me? Are you not gonna speak against the social injustice against my kind. This is not only about America. This happens everyday #BlackLivesMatter now is not the time to be silent. I wanna hear u— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) June 2, 2020
Sammy, who played 38 Tests, 126 ODIs and 68 T20 Internationals, captained the West Indies to two T20 World Cup titles.
For too long black people have suffered. I’m all the way in St Lucia and I’m frustrated If you see me as a teammate then you see #GeorgeFloyd Can you be part of the change by showing your support. #BlackLivesMatter— Daren Sammy (@darensammy88) June 2, 2020
"For too long black people have suffered. I'm all the way in St Lucia and I'm frustrated If you see me as a teammate then you see #GeorgeFloyd Can you be part of the change by showing your support. #BlackLivesMatter," read his earlier tweet.
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