Former teammates in the two time T20I World Cup winning West Indies team, Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy have been vocal ever since George Floyd, an African-American man was killed in the USA and have added further fuel to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign. Recently, Darren Sammy shook the entire cricketing world by revealing details of him being called by a derogatory name while playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise in the Indian Premier league.
West Indies opening batsman and the Universal Boss of Cricket, Chris Gayle has come to the fore in support of his former teammate and World Cup winning captain, Darren Sammy in the wake of presence of racism in Cricket. Gayle who was part of two T20I World Cup triumphs under the able leadership Darren Sammy said, ‘it’s never too late to fight for the right cause.’
Chris Gayle in a recent tweet said, “It’s never too late to fight for the right cause or what you’ve experienced over the years! So much more to your story, Darren Sammy. Like I said, it’s in the game.” Gayle has been an integral part of the Indian Premier League in which he has represented various franchises like Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Kings XI Punjab.
Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy shook the entire cricketing fraternity when he alleged that an Indian cricketer used to call him ‘kalu’ during his stint with the IPL franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad. Sammy said in recent revelations that while playing for SRH, he never got to know the meaning of ‘Kalu’ but while watching a comedy show recently, he got to know the meaning of ‘kalu’ which is usually used to mock black people.
Sammy revealed the above story on his official Instagram page and later released a video in which he intend to confront the ones who used to call him using the derogatory name.
“I have played all over the world and I have been loved by many people, I have embraced all dressing rooms where I have played, so I was listening to Hasan Minhaj as to how some of the people in his culture describe black people,” Sammy said in his video posted on his official Instagram account.
“This does not apply to all people, so after I found out a meaning of a certain word, I had said I was angry on finding out the meaning and it was degrading, instantly I remembered when I played for Sunrisers Hyderabad, I was being called exactly the same word which is degrading to us black people,” Sammy added.
Sammy said during the time while playing for SRH, when he was being called with that name, he wasn’t aware of the meaning of the word but he disclosed that every time he was called with that name, there used to be laughter among his SRH teammates.
“I will be messaging those people, you guys know who you are, I must admit at that time when I was being called as that word I thought the word meant strong stallion or whatever it is, I did not know what it meant, every time I was called with that word, there was laughter at that moment, I thought teammates are laughing so it must be something funny,” Sammy further said. One of the suspects could be Indian pacer Ishant Sharma who had shared a group picture on social media on May 14, 2014 in which he had used the word ‘Kalu’ to identify Sammy in it. In the same year, even Darren Sammy had called himself ‘Kalu’ in a social media post while wishing VVS Laxman, the mentor of SRH, on his birthday.