As the entire world has been in the lockdown state owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, players have been keeping in touch with the fans through social media. However, recently, one thing has come in the limelight and that is racism in cricket. Many players have faced that in their career and started talking about this which also included former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy.
While raising his voice against this, he has recently said that the bouncer rule was introduced to check the rise of a black team in the world cricket. Sammy, who led the team to the T20 World Cup title twice has recently shared his views over the killing of African-American man George Floyd in the US by a police officer.
In the video which went viral in no time, it was seen that a white police officer was kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes and 15 seconds, even after he lost his conscious. Darren Sammy said that the unfortunate incident made him think how racism is also present in cricket. However, the protests are going on in the US as well as Europe and the allrounder has used the opportunity to open up about racism in cricket.
While speaking about this, he said to Inside Out, “The Kneeling on this guy’s neck brought so many scenarios to me. The symbol itself, I saw it as the people in power suffocating those who are less fortunate.”
He also said that former Australian speedster duo – Jeffrey Robert Thomson and Dennis Lillee was known for their firing spells that used to hurt batsmen but when the West Indies bowlers started bowling bouncers, rules were made in the game in order to check the rise of the black players in the game.
“Looking at the Fire in Babylon, looking at when Thomson and Lillee and all these guys were bowling quick and hurting people. Then I watch a black team becoming so dominant and then you see the bouncer rule start to come in and all these things start to come in and I take it, as I understand it, as this is just trying to limit the success of a black team could have. I might be wrong but that’s how I see it. And the system should not allow that,” concluded Darren Sammy.