Darren Sammy, the two-time T20 World Cup-winning captain, has said that even though he hasn’t played the Indian Premier League [IPL] for a long period of time but he still keeps track of the tournament.
The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League is all set to take place in the United Arab Emirates from September 19. Sammy, who is currently featuring in the CPL, said that the major reason behind him closely following the cash-rich league is because of the exciting cliffhangers that it constantly churns out beside the fact that he loves watching young and upcoming talent showcasing their skills on the big stage against the best in the world.
“I have not played IPL for a while so I am not gonna miss it but yes, it’s the tournament I follow and I pay close attention to it because the games are always exciting, I love to see young talent coming in and I have some of my colleagues who also play in the IPL so I am looking forward to it this year,” Darren Sammy said in an exclusive interview with ANI.
Darren Sammy opens up on the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement
Darren Sammy has been quite vocal regarding the racism that colored people face in society and in cricket. The right-hander had also accused his former SRH teammates of referring to him as ‘Kalu’ (a racist jibe) during his days in the IPL.
Sammy opened up on the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, adding that he has been constantly urging the ICC to bring in changes in the game in order to make it more inclusive for everyone, irrespective of their cast, creed or color.
“I have been advocating that it’s important to treat everyone as equal regardless of the colour of their skin so yes, I am proud to be taking part in the anti-racism campaign and I am showing solidarity with it. I am probably the only player who is playing with the black lives matter logo on the back of my shirt in the CPL so it’s important for me,” Darren Sammy said.
“Whatever is happening in the world and especially in America for black people who have been oppressed for so many years, it is important for me as an athlete, as a leader to show my solidarity and stand against such social and systemic oppression on people of colour,” Darren Sammy added.