Black Lives Matter: Darren Sammy Angry at Being Called ‘Kalu’ in IPL

Former West Indian captain, Darren Sammy has revealed that he has also faced racism in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

In an Instagram story, the two-time World Cup-winning captain said that he earlier misunderstood the word ‘Kalu’, adding that he and Sri Lankan all-rounder, Thisara Perera, were racially discriminated. The two were playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad at the time. A number of prominent West Indian cricketers, including Chris Gayle, Andre Russel, Sunil Narine, Carlos Brathwaite, and Dwayne Bravo to name a few, were also a part of the league.



Gayle & Sammy Open Up About the Racism They’ve Faced While Playing Cricket

The fact that he didn’t call out the league for racial discrimination was because he didn’t know the meaning of the word.

I just learnt what that kalu meant when I played for Sunrisers in the IPL. They called me and Perera by that name. I thought it meant strong stallion. My previous post tells me something different and I am angry.

Ever since the George Floyd incident, Darren Sammy has been quite active in promoting the Black Lives Matter campaign. His fellow star, Chris Gayle, has also admitted that he has been a victim of racial abuse in his long illustrious cricket career in which he has traveled to all parts of the world.

Peshawar Zalmi captain has also urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to speak up against the evil, saying that now is not the time to be silent. He also remarked that those who are silent are also a part of the problem.

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