‘My opinions are always as an Indian’ – Irfan Pathan adamant to stay vocal on racism after facing criticism
Earlier, Irfan said that people needs to be educated as he has seen racial jibes even in domestic cricket.
Updated - Jun 11, 2020 2:43 pm
George Floyd’s demise in the United States of America (USA) has created a lot of hullabaloo across the world. There have been thousands of opinions on racial abuses. In the cricket world, racism has made the headlines after Darren Sammy said that he along with Thisara Perera was subject to abuses in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The all-rounder also threatened to expose the culprits.
Now Irfan Pathan, the former Indian all-rounder, has opened up on the grave matter. The Baroda all-rounder, who retired from international cricket earlier this year in January, said that racism is far more detailed than only “colour of the skin”.
“Racism is not restricted to the colour of the skin. Not allowing to buy a home in a society just because u have a different faith is a part of racism too… #convenient #racism,” his earlier tweet read.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 9, 2020
On being asked if he had some sort of a personal experience, Pathan said that it’s something he has observed over the time. However, Twitterati inflicted its wrath on him for giving the topic a different angle.
Nevertheless, Irfan seems to be least bothered. He stood by what he wrote and said that he won’t stop opining on racism. He took to Twitter and wrote, “My opinions are always as an indian and for India, I will not stop…”
Here is Irfan Pathan’s tweet
My opinions are always as an indian and for India,I will not stop…
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) June 10, 2020
Earlier when Sammy came out with the allegations, Irfan lent him support. He said that what Sammy said can’t be ruled out. Moreover, Pathan didn’t mince any words in saying that people need to be educated as racial jibes have taken place even in domestic cricket.
“I was there with him (Sammy) in 2014. I feel had this really happened, the matter would definitely have been discussed. So, I’m not aware of such things as nothing was discussed in a larger way. But at the same time, we need to educate our people because I’ve seen them (racial jibes) in domestic cricket,” Pathan was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times.
A couple of days ago, a picture where Ishant Sharma referred to Sammy as ‘Kalu’ also did the rounds. It added fuel to fire in the already heated-up topic.