In the wake of the protests going on in the USA, West Indies star Chris Gayle has claimed that racism exists in cricket too. The left-handed batsman said that racism is not restricted to football only and is present in cricket also. His shocking revelation came as ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests take place throughout the USA after an African-American man George Floyd.
Floyd lost his life after having a knee pressed into his neck by a police officer identified as Derek Chauvin. The office has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He and three other officers have been fired from the force as well after the video of Floyd’s death emerged.
People from across the world have been joining the protest and Chris Gayle also decided to do his bit. The veteran batsman took to Instagram to express his feelings, writing:
“Black lives matter just like any other life. Black people matter, p***k all racist people, stop taking black people for fools, even our own black people wise the p***k up and stop bringing down your own! I have travelled the globe and experience racial remarks towards me because I am black, believe me, the list goes on.”
“Racism is not only in football, it’s in cricket too. Even within teams as a black man, I get the end of the stick. Black and powerful. Black and proud,” he added.
If not for the pandemic, Chris Gayle would have been just finished playing in the IPL. The tournament was scheduled to take place between March 29 and May 17 before the BCCI suspended it indefinitely in the light of the pandemic.