Darren Sammy demands apology for the racial mumble used by IPL mates

Arhama AltafWeb Editor

10th Jun, 2020. 01:12 pm
Daren Sammy

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has called for his Indian Premier League (IPL) teammates to apologize over alleged racist remarks during 2013-14.

Darren Sammy said he recently found about the meaning of a “degrading” name he said was often directed at him by his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates in the Twenty20 tournament.

“I was listening to Hasan Minhaj (Indian-American comedian) talking about how some of the people in his culture view or describe black people,” Sammy wrote on Instagram.

He wrote in an earlier post that the word was ‘Kalu’ — which means black man in Hindi. He, however, did not specify which players used it.

“I was angry after listening to him describing a word that they use to describe black people, which he was saying is not in a good way and it was degrading,” he said.

“Instantly I remembered when I played for Sunrisers in 2013 and 2014, I was being called the exact same word he described that was degrading to us black people.”

Sammy said he would get in touch with those players.

“Because if it was in any way, shape, or form what Minhaj said it meant, I’m very disappointed and I’d still be angry and deserve an apology from you guys,” he said.

Celebrities, politicians, and public from all over the world raised their voice against racism after the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in police custody in Minneapolis.

However, Sunrisers declined to comment on Sammy’s allegations.

But Sammy’s IPL teammate Irfan Pathan told him that he was not aware of the word was uttered at the West Indian captain.

“I did not see or hear any such issue coming to light. See, it would have been a big issue had such a thing occurred and he was our captain as well,” Pathan told.

Pathan acknowledged such words were used within the wider community in India.

“Racism is there in the world and we should address it and set it right,” he said.

Indian spinner Parvez Rasool, who also played with Sammy at Sunrisers, said that Sammy should name the players involved.

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