Daren Sammy Shared His Experience of Facing Racism during Indian Premier League (IPL)

 Daren Sammy Shared His Experience of Facing Racism during Indian Premier League (IPL)

International cricketer Darren Sammy who played for Peshawar Zalmi in Pakistan Super League (PSL) and Kings XI Punjab in Indian Premier League (IPL). Daren Sammy Shared His Experience of Facing Racism during Indian Premier League (IPL).

He thanked Hassan Minhaj whose video on racism is spinning on social media from which Sammy came to know how badly he was being targeted by apartheid by Indian team fellows. Sammy explained his omission over the word they used for him “Kalu” which he was always conferred to “bravery”.

Darren Sammy Garnered huge Love and Pride in Pakistan

Darren Sammy who received huge love and respect in Pakistan posted on social media that he was angry just because he experienced racism while playing for Sunrisers during the Indian Premier League (PSL). Though, he was remained hushed over the matter due to disregard. But George Floyd’s brutal murder shuddered him by remembering that he had met the same abusive word in India over and over again.

Sammy shared the Post as “Evidence” when Indian Mainstream Rejected his Racial Allegations

Indian cricketers Irfan Pathan and Parthiv Patel’s rejection of Darren Sammy’s allegation of racial abuse during the Indian Premier League (IPL) has backfired as a 2014 Instagram photo of Ishant Sharma referring to the West Indies star as ‘k*l*’ has resurfaced.

Sammy, in the recent Instagram video, had revealed that during his time in the IPL he and Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera were dubbed ‘k*l*’ by certain teammates of theirs.

“I was being called exactly the same word which is degrading to Black people,” said the cricketer disappointingly.

Daren Sammy Shared His Experience of Facing Racism during Indian Premier League (IPL)

Darren Sammy Vindicated as Ishant Sharma’s 2014 picture proves IPL players used the Racial Slur

The cricketer shared his shockwaves after watching Hasan Minhaj’s viral video on anti-blackness in South Asian communities as he comprehended the term Minhaj used was the same one he was referred to as well. Initially, Sammy took to Instagram to express his outrage upon realizing the term was not a word of acclamation actually that he had presumed, and Sammy is dejected on grasping the reality.

“I just learned what Kallu meant when I played for Sunrisers in IPL. They called me and Perera by that name. I thought it meant Strong Stallion.”

Sammy stepped up with his Grief over Disregard

“I’ve played all over the world; I’ve been loved by many people but I need to say this. I say this because of what I’ve experienced. I remembered when I played for Sunrisers in 2014, I was called that exact word that was degrading to Black people. I got very angry about it, knowing now what that word meant. I will be messaging those people; you know who you are. Every time I was called this, there was laughter at the moment. Me being a team man I thought it must be something funny but you can understand my frustration and my anger when it was pointed out to me that it wasn’t funny at all. It was degrading. You repeatedly called me that word over and over again, to the point that I was even saying, that’s my name. I have always been one to build up the relationship or build up a team, not bring it down.”

Darren Sammy’s concluding note is heart-rending

“All those who know me and still used that word with me should reach out and let me know if they knew what that word meant, and if so, I will be very disappointed.”

Also Read: Hasan Minhaj Schools Asian Communities for Being Silent on George Floyd’s Murder

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