Former West Indies skipper Daren Sammy remarked on his Instagram story yesterday that he realised he and his former Sunrisers Hyderabad teammate Thisara Perera were subjected to racist remarks during his stints in the Indian Premier League, which made him furious upon realisation. Sammy said that he found out what the word ‘kalu'(Hindi for black person) meant. He said that he and Perera were termed the same quite a few times.
Sammy wrote in his Instagram story, “Oh so that’s what that meant when they called me and Thisara Perera Kalu in India when we played for Sunrisers. I just thought they were calling me strong black man… I’m more piss now.”
“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.”
In the wake of the murder of USA citizen George Floyd, people all around the World have protested against racism. Sammy, too appealed to the ICC and other cricket boards to support the fight against social injustice and racism. He
wrote a Tweet which read, “Cricket world not standing against the injustice against people of color after seeing that last video of that foot down the next of my brother you are also part of the problem(sic).”
Sammy appealed to the ICC with this tweet, “@ICC and all the other boards are you guys not seeing what’s happening to ppl like me? Are you not gonna speak against the social injustice against my kind. This is not only about America. This happens everyday #BlackLivesMatter now is not the time to be silent. I wanna hear u.”