Saint Lucia: Former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy revealed that he faced racism while playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Indian Premier League as he was called “kalu”.
The Peshawar Zalmi captain said that he did not know the meaning of the word back then and it was only recently he discovered what it meant.
“I just learnt what that kalu meant when I played for Sunrisers in the IPL. They called me and Perera by that name. I thought it meant strong Stallion. My previous post tells me something different and I am angry,” the former skipper wrote in an Instagram story.
As the voices against racial discrimination grow louder, Sammy has not taken a back seat and has been active in voicing his concerns over the matter.
“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,” he wrote, urging his supporters to act.
Calling out the International Cricket Council, he said that he wanted to “hear” its voice and that “now is not the time to be silent”.
It should be noted that Darren Sammy has raised this issue at a time when there are continuous protests against racism in the United States after the death of black George Floyd in police violence.
The ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign continues, with people from all walks of life, including social media users, expressing solidarity with black people and demanding equal rights.