Darren Sammy alleges he and Thisara Perera subjected to racism during IPL

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Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has alleged that he and Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera were subjected to racial slur, 'kalu', while playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy alleges racist abuse while playing in IPL“I just learnt what that ‘kalu’ meant when I played for Sunrisers in the IPL. They call me and Perera by that name. I thought it meant strong Stallion. My previous post tells me something different and I’m angry,” Sammy posted on Instagram on Saturday.

In his previous post, Sammy wrote, “Oh so that’s what that meant when they called me and @tp_perera kalu in India when we played for Sunrisers. I just thought they were calling me strong black man… I’m more piss (sic) now.”

The Sammy story was on an episode of 'Patriot Act' which spoke about how 'kalu' has been used derogatorily for people of dark complexion in Indian households.

The former Windies skipper has been a vocal supporter of the protests that are currently going on in the United States over the death of an African-American man named George Floyd.

On Tuesday, Sammy had made an appeal to the ICC and other cricket boards to support the fight against social injustice and racism.

"@ICC and all the other boards are you guys not seeing what's happening to ppl like me? Are you not gonna speak against the social injustice against my kind. This is not only about America. This happens every day BlackLivesMatter now is not the time to be silent. I wanna hear u," Sammy tweeted.

Opening batsman Chris Gayle had also condoled the demise of Floyd and had said that he too has been a victim of racism. The left-handed Gayle said that it's a myth that racism doesn't exist in cricket.

Daren Sammy's Instagram story

 

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  • Jude Sunday, 07 June 2020 11:41 AM

    You guys DON'T care if the fans call you Kalu, MONKEY or anything worse, 'Coz IPL pays you big chunk of money!! DON'T act like that You suddenly found your misplaced Dignity !!

    Talal Sunday, 07 June 2020 12:14 PM

    So you’re saying that you have a better understanding of how Sammy feels than Sammy himself..?

    Geetanjali Mishra Sunday, 07 June 2020 12:11 PM

    Even Indian ,abuse Indian players too. Recently yuvraj Singh abused chahal which has become a big racist issue. But this is how friends call each other. Even Dhoni used to being called Bihari..which he felt offensive. Black lives matter look like 'me too" movement now

    BigEars Sunday, 07 June 2020 12:54 PM

    Indians are also Kalu and when a Kalu calls a Kalu it is not racism. For example star opening bat "Kaluwitharana" was called "Kalu" fondly. This claim is rubbish.

    Gayan Sunday, 07 June 2020 12:55 PM

    Should have called them 'Sudu'

    CITIZEN Sunday, 07 June 2020 08:44 PM

    DONT GET OFFENDED CAUSE YOU ARE IN FACT DARK. CONTINUE PLAYING THE GAME IN GOOD SPIRIT

    dickie bird Sunday, 07 June 2020 09:09 PM

    Sammy.. Sammy.. Creating a mountain of a Molehill. I think Thissara would have clobbered a couple of more hits over the boundary line in response to this alleged taunt. Nothing bothers Thissara.

    Rajitha Sunday, 07 June 2020 09:34 PM

    Only get offended when they refer to a colour you don't have.

    Sinnathamby Moorthy Sunday, 07 June 2020 09:36 PM

    When white are called "white"(sudu) why do the black worry about being called "black"(kalu)?Don't mixed everything with George floyd

    sss Sunday, 07 June 2020 10:43 PM

    It depend on the intent. Regardless Indian society is one of most segregated societies in terms of skin color

    Dayawathie Wednesday, 10 June 2020 06:05 PM

    Hey guys . You shouldn't take this so seriously because the word "kalu" is sometimes used as a friendly term. Some people are so precious and worry too much about little things. I don't care if someone calls me "kalu" because i am kalu and not sudu.


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