Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Sammy Speaks Up on Ishant Sharma and Sarfaraz Ahmed’s Racial Slur

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Darren Sammy’s campaign against racism in cricket has taken a new turn as the former West Indian skipper has dived into the incident involving Sarfaraz Ahmed and South African all-rounder, Andile Phehlukwayo.

The then Pakistan captain, Sarfaraz, had used a racial slur against the South African, following which he was banned for a couple of matches. The 33-year-old later issued an apology for the discriminatory word he used for Phehlukwayo.

Sammy, while talking about the incident, said that these need to be avoided.

I heard Sarfaraz used racial slur, but I did not really dive into the story. I saw it pop up, but I did not get into the details. I wasn’t aware it was that word he used back then. But I know he issued an apology right after. That in itself is why I am having this conversation, whether you didn’t mean it in any way like that we need to stop.

The two-times T20 World Cup-winning captain said that if something you say can be used as degrading or insulting, you have to stop it.

That is why I want to have a conversation with the people who used it in the dressing room. Let’s stop it for us to avoid situations like what Sarfaraz did thinking it was innocent. If it could mean anything that could be taken as degrading or insulting, you don’t use it. Full stop.

The Peshawar Zalmi head coach also claimed that he was called ‘kaalu’ in the Indian Premier League in 2013-14 when he used to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Not knowing the actual meaning of the word had kept him quiet until recently when he found out that he was nicknamed based on his color.

The Peshawar Zalmi head coach also claimed that he was called ‘kaalu’ in the Indian Premier League in 2013-14 when he used to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Not knowing the actual meaning of the word had kept him quiet until recently when he found out that he was nicknamed based on his color.

Now, I realize it was degrading, I will be texting you guys and I will ask you as to when you called me with that name, did you all mean it in any bad way or form? Talk to me, reach out to me, let’s clear the air. That is why it is important to take a stand against all the racial injustice.

His claim has just been proved as some internet users have found an Instagram post from Indian medium-fast bowler, Ishant Sharma, who also represented the same franchise in that particular season.

The post captioned ‘Me, bhuvi, kaluu and gun sunrisers’. Here’s the post:

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Me, bhuvi, kaluu and gun sunrisers

A post shared by Ishant Sharma (@ishant.sharma29) on

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