Former West Indian captain Darren Sammy has remained at the forefront of the Black Lives Matter movement in the world. Darren Sammy chose not to put his voices against racism to rest as other renowned cricketers joined him as well. On Wednesday, ahead of the CPL match, the all-rounder showcased the slogan proudly on the back of his jersey.
The movement picked up the pace ever since George Floyd died in the United States, an African-American who was killed by the cops under outrageous circumstances. After that tragic incident, several cricketers all around the world condemned the same and spoke about their experiences with racism. Sammy unveiled an old photo of Ishant Sharma, who was addressed by the Indian pacer as “Kalu”. While the 36-year old acknowledged that he has moved on from that incident, he promised not to maintain silence on racial discrimination.
St Lucia’s team of CPL said in a statement said that Darren Sammy joins the list of athletes around the world, who have endorsed the Black Lives Matters movement using the tournament. The report elaborated further that their captain is entirely in line with renowned players from other sports like Louis Hamilton, LeBron James and Naomi Osaka, voicing out their concerns.
“Darren Sammy joins the ranks of athletes around the world who are using their platform in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign. In his very first match this season as the Captain of the St Lucia Zouks, Darren proudly displays the slogan on the back of his jersey to draw attention to a cause that has united athletes such as Louis Hamilton, LeBron James and Naomi Osaka, and who are using sport as a platform to influence popular opinion,” the statement read.
We, as a society, need to start looking at all human beings equally”: Darren Sammy
The St. Lucian cricketer pointed out one needs to make the society aware of what racism is and how it affects them. Sammy emphasized that society must start looking at people equally and hand them equal opportunities.
“I think we need to educate people and create an understanding what racism is, and how it affects people. We, as a society, need to start looking at all human beings equally,” the two-time World Cup-winning captain stated as quoted by India today.
As far as the match goes, the 36-year old’s side St. Lucia Zouks suffered a loss to Jamaica Tallawahs. Despite missing Chris Gayle from their opening game, Roston Chase’s fifty helped St. Lucia post a competitive 158 in 20 overs.
In response, Glenn Phillips and Asif Ali struck quick-fire knocks of 44 and 47 while Carlos Brathwaite applied the finishing touches to hand Jamaica a victory.