Former Indian player Laxman Sivaramakrishnan admitted of facing racism in India.
Sivaramakrishnan, who was born in Madras (now known as Chennai), played nine Tests and 16 ODI matches for India between 1983-87. He is recognised as one of the best commentators of the game in the modern era.
The issue of colour discrimination is not new in cricket: Laxman Sivaramakrishnan
Things have been shaken in the England Cricket system after former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq named several personalities, including former England skipper Michael Vaughan for using racist slurs against him.
Since then, a lot of stories are being unearthed in England, and Sivaramakrishnan said that he also faced colour discrimination in India.
“The issue of colour discrimination is not new in cricket. I too faced it in life, in my own country,” Sivaramakrishnan was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
“I have been criticised and colour discriminated all my life, so it doesn’t bother me anymore. This, unfortunately, happens in our own country,” he wrote on Twitter.
People’s obsession with my skin colour has always been a mystery to me: Abhinav Mukund
In 2017, Tamil Nadu batter Abhinav Mukund also opened up about the burning issue where people are obsessed with his skin.
“I have been playing cricket since the age of 10, and I am gradually climbing up the ladder where I am right now. It is an honour to get a chance to represent the country at the highest level,” Mukund wrote on his Twitter in 2017.
“I am writing today not to garner sympathy or attention but with the hope to change the mindset of people on an issue I feel strongly about. I have been travelling a lot within and outside our country since I was 15. Ever since I was young, people’s obsession with my skin colour has always been a mystery to me.
“Anyone who follows cricket would understand the obvious. I have played and trained day in and day out in the sun and not even once have I regretted the fact that I have tanned or lost a couple of shades.
“It is simply because I love what I do and I have been able to achieve certain things only because I have spent hours outdoors. I come from Chennai, probably one of the hottest places in the country and I have gladly spent most of my adult life in the cricket ground,” he further wrote,” he added.
Mukund last played for Tamil Nadu in the 2020 Ranji Trophy, he has played 145 First-Class games and amassed 10,258 runs.