The protests over the death of George Floyd in the United States of America have had its effects all over the world. As many old incidents of racism are being dug up, Windies cricketer Darren Sammy has also accused some of his former Indian Premier League (IPL) teammates during his Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) stint of racism. He has now even gotten the backing of West Indies legend Chris Gayle in this fight.
Sammy, who alleged being called ‘Kaalu’ which is a Hindi word for ‘Black’ by some in the SRH camp, had issued a warning on Tuesday asking the culprits to reach out to him or else he would start taking names of those who called him by this name.
Reacting to his compatriot’s claims on social media, Gayle took to Twitter to back Sammy in his fight against racism, asserting that racism does exist in cricket and that there’s much more to Sammy’s story than what has been revealed so far.
“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, @darensammy88. Like I said, it’s in the game!!,” Gayle tweeted.
After Sammy’s warning to his unnamed former teammates, an old tweet of Indian cricketer Ishant Sharma emerged where the lanky pacer could be seen using the word ‘Kaalu’ for the Windies stalwart. While Sammy himself is yet to reveal the names of those who called him by the name, it seems like one of the players is, in fact, Ishant.
Ishant and Sammy were teammates at Sunrisers in the IPL 2013, 2014 seasons.