'Black people have suffered for too long' - Darren Sammy opens up about racism in cricket, urges ICC to speak up

‘Black people have suffered for too long’ – Darren Sammy opens up about racism in cricket, urges ICC to speak up

The ex-captain of the West Indies has urged to his fans and people on Twitter to support a change.

Darren Sammy of St Lucia Zouks
Darren Sammy of St Lucia Zouks. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images)

Former West Indian captain Darren Sammy has spoken about racism through his series of tweets posted on Tuesday. The tweets have come from the two-time World Cup-winning captain of the West Indies after the recent incident of racial discrimination which took place in the United States of America.

A man of African-American origin, Floyd, died in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes. After some time, Floyd stopped moving and died in a dreadful way.

Floyd’s death has sparked protests all across the United States. The incident has also sparked a debate in the sporting fraternity. Many sportspersons have come together and expressed that they have faced racism over the years.

This is not only about America. This happens every day: Darren Sammy

Amidst all of this, the ex-captain of the West Indies team has urged to his fans and people on Twitter to support a change. First of his tweets read, “For too long black people have suffered. I’m all the way in St Lucia and I’m frustrated If you see me as a teammate then you see #GeorgeFloyd Can you be part of the change by showing your support. #BlackLivesMatter”

He further went on to tag International Cricket Council (ICC) and wrote that social discrimination also exists in cricket. He urged the ICC and other boards to look into this and added that this kind of things happens every day.

“@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 wrote on Twitter.

Sammy posted another tweet in which he said that this is the time when the cricket community must take some actions so that racism doesn’t exist in the sports.

“Right now if the cricket world not standing against the injustice against people of colour after seeing that last video of that foot down the next of my brother you are also part of the problem” Sammy’s tweet read.

West Indian batsman Chris Gayle also opened up regarding the issue. He said that he has faced racism in some parts of the world because of his colour. He pointed out that like football, racism has existed in cricket as well for years.