Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed stole the limelight back in January 2019 when he made a racist remark on South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo. It all happened during the second ODI between South Africa and Pakistan. Later, South African team management took the matter seriously but Sarfaraz was quick to issue his apology to the Protea all-rounder, which settled the matter.
Cut to 2020, former West Indies captain Darren Sammy made racial slur allegations during his stay at the SRH camp in 2013 and 2014. Sammy stated that he was called ‘Kalu’ in the cash-rich league, but the Hindi word’s meaning wasn’t known to him during his stay in the IPL and got to know about its actual meaning recently.
Sammy later demanded an apology from his ex-SRH teammates for mocking him and making racist comments on him. However, on Thursday, he confirmed that he got a call from one of his ex-SRH teammates to solve the issue. “I’m pleased to say that I’ve had a really interesting conversation with one of the guys and we are looking at ways to educate rather than focusing on the negatives. My brother reassured me that he operated from a place of love and I believe him,” Sammy wrote on Twitter.
Darren Sammy talks about Sarfaraz Ahmed’s controversy
On Thursday, Sammy spoke about Sarfaraz Ahmed‘s racial slur at Andile Phehlukwayo. He stated he didn’t really dive much into the story but he was satisfied with Sarfaraz issuing apology later. He also requested all the cricketers to avoid situations like what Sarfaraz was involved in a year ago.
“I heard Sarfaraz used [a] racial slur, but I did not really dive into the story. I saw it pop up, but I did not get into the details. I wasn’t aware it was that word he used back then. But I know he issued an apology right after. That in itself is why I am having this conversation, whether you didn’t mean it in any way like that we need to stop,” Sammy told ESPNcricinfo.
“That is why I want to have a conversation with the people who used it in the dressing room. Let’s stop it for us to avoid situations like what Sarfaraz did thinking it was innocent. If it could mean anything that could be taken as degrading or insulting, you don’t use it. Full stop,” he added.
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