Sammy’s Hyderabad teammates reject his allegation of racism in IPL
Caribbean cricketer Darren Sammy has recently revealed surprising information about racism. In the Indian Premier League (IPL), he was treated racistly but so far he didn’t understand it.
The cricket world is in a frenzy over the demand of the West Indies T20 World Cup winning captain. Sammy claimed that his teammates used to call him and Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera ‘Kalu’ while they were playing in Sunrisers Hyderabad.
However, former West Indies Sammy didn’t understand for so long that he was called by this name because of his skin color. He thought that the name was meant to show that he’s strong and to encourage them mentally. However, recently when he understood the real issue, he showed his anger on social media.
Some of Sammy’s Hyderabad teammates, however, claimed that they were not aware of such incidents. One of them is Parthiv Patel. The Indian wicketkeeper-batsman claimed he had not heard anything like this, “I don’t think I have heard anyone using those (derogatory) words.”
Former India batsman and current director of the Andhra Cricket Association, Venugopal Rao, also walked in the safe path, saying, “I’m not very sure… Not aware of it.”
Irfan Pathan, a former India all-rounder and another former teammate of Sammy, also said that he had not heard anything like that. However, he claimed that there is no shortage of such incidents in Indian domestic cricket.
“I was there with him (Sammy) in 2014. I feel had this really happened, the matter would definitely have been discussed. So I’m not aware of such things as nothing was discussed in a larger way. But at the same time, we need to educate our people because I’ve seen them (racial jibes) in domestic cricket,”
the former left-handed bowler said.
“Some of our cricketers from the south, especially, have faced that in the northern and western parts of the country, though I don’t want to name anyone,” he added.
“What happens is among the crowd, someone tries to act like a jester. It’s not because people are racist, but it’s like someone trying to be popular by saying something seemingly funny that amounts to crossing the line on certain occasions,” Pathan further said.
An official of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), who did not want to be named, said they were ready to investigate if Sammy made a formal complaint. However, he can still make a formal complaint if he wants. If necessary, the board will investigate.