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Darren Sammy alleges that racist slur was used against him during IPL

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 7 June 2020, 16:16 IST

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy got furious on Saturday as he discovered the meaning of a jibe which was used against him during his time at SunRisers Hyderabad in the IPL.

Sammy stated that he along with Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera were subjected to chants of the racist slur when they featured for SunRisers Hyderabad.

The West Indian skipper further said that he thought that the word meant strong black man, but now he has come to know the real meaning of the word.


Sammy has been a vociferous supporter of the protest in the US over the death of an African-American man George Floyd.

Previously, Darren Sammy had appealed to the international cricket body and other cricket board to support the fight against social injustice and racism.

"@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 every day #BlackLivesMatter now is not the time to be silent. I wanna hear u," Sammy tweeted.

Sammy’s teammate and opener Chris Gayle had also condoled the death of Floyed and had stated that he too has been a victim of racism. Furthermore, Gayle stated that it’s a myth that racism does not exist in cricket.

Following the demise of Floyd, protests have erupted in many cities from Boston to San Francisco.

The police who kneeled on Floyd’s neck has been charged with third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. He and three others have also been dismissed from the force.

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First published: 7 June 2020, 16:16 IST