Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy’s claims of ‘racism in Indian Premier League’ (IPL) has been completely rebuffed by the IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) and some of his teammates. Sammy had alleged that he and Thisara Perera was racially abused during his stint with IPL in 2013 but both the franchise and the players have declared they did not have any knowledge of any such incident.
Sunrisers Hyderabad : ’No one reported any such incident’
InsideSport reached out to the Sunrisers Hyderabad management for their take on the entire issue but the franchise based out of Hyderabad showed complete ignorance on the matter.
“No one reported any such incident to us, nor Sammy, Perera or any other player from the franchise”, said one of the senior member from the franchise management.
BCCI : ’Someone should report for us to act’
InsideSport also reached out to BCCI for its reaction on the matter. BCCI treasures Arun Dhummal said BCCI has a zero tolerance policy against racial slur and the board has not come across any such matter as per his knowledge.
“Someone should report for us to act. Also BCCI has zero tolerance policy against any racial slurs. We as an organization always stand for equality for everyone”, said Dhummal
Parthiv Patel : “I don’t think I have heard anyone using those words,”
According to Parthiv Patel, Sammy’s teammate at Sunrisers in 2013 he has never heard anyone using such derogatory words.
“I don’t think I have heard anyone using those (derogatory) words,” wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv, who has played 25 Tests and 38 ODIs for India, told The Telegraph
Former Indian & Sunrisers player Venugopal Rao also denied any knowledge about such incident. Rao who is currently director of the Andhra Cricket Association had shared dressing room with Sammy in 2014 for Sunrisers
“I’m not very sure… Not aware of it,” said Venugopal, now director of the Andhra Cricket Association.
Darren Sammy’s IPL stint
Sammy last played in IPL in 2017 for KingsXI Punjab team. The incident which Sammy is talking about happened during his stint with the Sunrisers Hyderabad team. The former world cup winning captain of the West Indies team played for Sunrisers in the year 2013 & 2014 season and alleged that he was racially abused during his stint with Sunrisers.
Sammy’s revelations came at the back of world-wide protests against racism following the killing of George Floyd in the USA.
Chris Gayle also points out at the racism in the cricket world
Meanwhile Sammy’s West Indian teammate Chris Gayle also opened up on facing discrimination in the sport, saying racism is not just limited to football but also is prevalent in cricket. Right from the inception of the IPL in 2008, Gayle has been regular feature in the Indian league. For the IPL 2020, Gayle is retained by KingsXI Punjab team. Unlike Sammy, Gayle did not point out directly at the IPL for any racism incident but said, racism is also prevalent in the sport of cricket world over.
“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,” Gayle wrote in his Instagram story.