Daren Sammy – West Indies all-rounder has recently said that he doesn’t have any personal grudge against Ishant Sharma as he called him “Kalu” during his Indian Premier League (IPL) tenure with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). However, Daren Sammy spoke about racism after the killing of George Floyd in America.
At that time, he also revealed that his teammates racially abused him when he had featured for SRH way back in 2013-14.
“I don’t hold any grudges. I’ve spoken to Ishant, I consider him like a brother, just like I did back in 2014. But as a person, if I get to know that there are certain racial slurs being used to describe me or there is a possibility of any such comments, I think it is only wise to confront and clarify,” Sammy said to TOI.
“To me, it seems sorted and I have decided to move on and Ishant must be moving on too. However, that episode did start a conversation about the way we look at people of colour. I think all these stirred much-needed conversations in the world of cricket. I did identify with some of such problems, and I don’t regret talking about it,“ he added.
Daren Sammy further added that the ICC should educate the players about the racism like anti-corruption so that they will be aware of this matter.
“All the emphasis that ICC puts on anti-corruption should also be put into anti-racism and players should be educated about the subject,” said the all-rounder.
“Nobody can make me feel that I am any less than others because of the colour…Some people are not as vocal as others. So I consciously choose to be their voice and make them be heard,” he shared.
Meanwhile, the fans are gearing up to see their favourite stars soon in the 13th edition of Indian Premier League which is slated to begin in the UAE from September 19 across three venues whereas the league will conclude on November 10. And, the defending champions Mumbai Indians will face Chennai Super Kings in the first game of the tournament as well.