Darren Sammy had said in an Instagram story that he & another player had been the victims of racist taunts while playing for SunRisers Hyderabad.
Darren Sammy took social media by storm after he revealed that he has been a victim of racism during the IPL. The former Windies T20 World Cup-winning skipper said in an Instagram story that he along with Sri Lanka player Thisara Perera were subjected to chants of the racist comments when they played for SRH in the IPL. Parthiv Patel & Irfan Pathan who shared the dressing room with Sammy during that time also revealed what all they witnessed. While wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel claimed he didn’t hear anyone using the derogatory words, former fast bowler Irfan Pathan admitted that racist vibes weren’t uncommon.
“I don’t think I have heard anyone using those (derogatory) words,” Parthiv told The Telegraph on Sunday. According to Irfan Pathan, racist comments are not restricted to foreign players but also players from the southern part of India have faced such racial jibes in domestic cricket. He added that it is important to educate the people on the subject.
“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 racial jibes in domestic cricket,” Pathan said.
“Some of our cricketers from the south have faced that especially in the northern & western parts of the country, though I don’t want to name anyone. 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,” former fast bowler Irfan Pathan added.
The former Windies Skipper has always been a vocal supporter of the protests that are currently going on in the US over the death of an African- American man named George Floyd. On Tuesday, Sammy had made an appeal to the ICC & other cricket boards to support the fight against the evil of social injustice & racism.
Darren Sammy tweeted, “@ICC and all the other boards are you guys not seeing what’s happening to people like me? Are you not gonna speak against the social injustice against my kind. This is not only about America. This happens every day #BlackLivesMatter now is not the time to be silent. I wanna hear u”.