Since the ‘Black Live Matter’ campaign broke out worldwide, West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy took centerstage with allegations of racial vilification, during his stint at Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Sammy went ahead with a revelation spree, claiming about being called ‘Kaalu’ by his teammates at SRH. It all started with one of the episodes of ‘Patriot Act’ with Hasan Minaj, which was dedicated to the casual racism in the Asian culture.
Then, one of the posts from 2014 of Indian Test specialist Ishant Sharma started doing rounds, proving Sammy’s allegations to be valid.
Ishant was seen with Sammy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Dale Steyn in the picture, where the caption read, “Me, bhuvi, kaluu and gun Sunrisers”.
Sammy went live on Instagram and called for justification from his teammates with whom he contacted later.
“Recently, I discovered a word that I was being called was not what it actually meant I need some answers. So before I start calling out names, I need these individuals to reach out, and please tell me there’s another meaning to that word. I saw u like a brother,” he said earlier.
Now, the St. Lucian cricketer has opened to the conversation with the lanky Indian fast-bowler. In Sammy words, Ishant hung a picture with Sammy on his wall, with ‘Brothers for Life’ written over it.
“We need a lot of education on how cultures view and respect racism or colourism. Ishant calling me something (Kalu) may have been done innocently, but any word that degrades must be shunned. I have had a conversation with him, and I have moved forward in life,” Sammy told Outlook.
“In his home, Ishant has a big poster of us joining hands, and I had signed on it saying ‘Brothers For Life.’ I don’t want to dwell on that issue because there are bigger problems that need attention. Let’s look forward,” concluded Sammy.