Former West Indian captain Darren Sammy was one of the first cricketers to step forward and speak against racism. Racial discrimination has been one of the most burning topics in recent times against which several other renowned cricketers have also talked about.
In an exclusive interview with Times Of India, Darren Sammy has promised not to maintain silence on the same even as his SRH teammates have moved on.
Darren Sammy spoke to a few players from the Sunrisers Hyderabad, a franchise that he used to play for in the IPL. An old Instagram post of Ishant Sharma surfaced, where the seamer captioned the 36-year old as ‘Kalu’, which solidified Sammy’s racial abuse claims.
Objecting against racial discrimination became a global affair after the demise of George Floyd, an African-American in the USA under outrageous circumstances.
Following that, not only several cricketers spoke up but also the recently concluded Test series between England and the West Indies, was dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Darren Sammy lauded the West Indian team for immensely backing the movement while also clearing the air with his former SRH teammates.
I think it’s about time that we really take the bull by the horns and the horn is racism: Darren Sammy
The two-time T20 World Cup-winning skipper calls for all those who are brave enough to speak against racism and vows to speak if his team is being bothered with something like this. The all-rounder believes that it is a sensitive topic that requires discussion otherwise, things could get out of control and people can go on dishing out racial slurs.
The Saint Lucian cricketer went on to say that it is time that they address the issue head-on and remove it entirely to ensure equality.
“I cannot speak for everyone. I think I have proven that if there’s an issue and I’m being affected or my team is being affected. I will stand up and speak about it. Some people are not as brave as others, so that’s why those who are, should be a voice for those who cannot be heard. I think it’s an important subject or topic that needs to be discussed, because if it’s not, institutional or systemic racism, it’s one on one where people of colour get the racial slurs being thrown at them. I think it’s about time that we really take the bull by the horns, and that horn is racism. We need to take it front on and try to eradicate it in just life in general because every human being deserves to be treated equally,” Sammy stated.