Following the death of an unarmed African-American man in the USA, several sports stars have taken a stand against racism and have also offered their support to the peaceful protests demanding an end to discrimination on the basis of origin and color of people.
Global sports icons like Michael Jordan, Naomi Osaka, Seren Williams, and Chris Gayle are among those who have condemned racism. While expressing his outrage, West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle had also pointed that racism has been prevalent in cricket as well.
Following Gayle and other cricketers’ comments about racism in the sport, and ICC also made its stand clear against racism, saying, without diversity, cricket is nothing.
Here are 5 instances, when racism was seen in cricket.
Jofra Archer racially abused by a fan during Test vs New Zealand
England pacer Jofra Archer has urging people to speak up against racism following the death of George Floyd and has been offering his support to the #BlackLiveMatter movement.
“I’m very glad the Black Lives Matter campaign has got as vocal as this,” Archer, who was racially abused by a fan during a Test against New Zealand in November last year, wrote in his column for the Daily Mail here
“As an individual, I’ve always been one for speaking out, especially if something bothers you. My personal view is that you should never keep things bottled up because racism is not okay.”
Archer himself was racially abused during England’s 1st Test against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui last year.
Barbadian-born English cricketer had said he was racially abused by a fan while walking back to the pavilion during the final day of the first Test at the Bay Oval. Archer had tweeted out after the incident, saying, it was “a bit disturbing” to hear racial taunts.
The 28-year-old man, however, had admitted racially abusing Archer in November and was banned from attending international and domestic games in New Zealand for two years.
When Sarfraz Ahmed called Andile Phehlukwayo “Abey Kaaley”
Former Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was caught sledging South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo on the stump mic during the ODI match against South Africa in Durban last year. The video of that clip had gone viral after which the Pakistan batsman received severe backlash on social media.
Sarfraz was caught on the stump mic saying: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” (Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?).
Sarfarz also faced the consequences of using racial slurs as he was suspended for four matches by the ICC.
Later, Sarfraz also met Andile Phehlukwayo and apologised for his words.
Darren Sammy called “Kaalu” during IPL
Several West Indies cricketers have expressed outrage against racism following the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Among them, was former West Indies captain Darren Sammy who alleged that he was subjected to racist comments during his stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“I just learnt what that ‘kalu’ meant when I played for Sunrisers in the IPL. They call me and Perera by that name. I thought it meant strong Stallion. My previous post tells me something different and I’m angry,” Sammy wrote on his Instagram page.
“Oh so that’s what that meant when they called me and @tp_perera kalu in India when we played for Sunrisers. I just thought they were calling me a strong black man I’m more piss (sic) now.”
Earlier, Sammy had also urged the ICC to take serious note of racism which exists cricket.
Dean Jones’s ‘terrorist’ remark for Hashim Amla
In 2006, Former Australia batsman Dean Jones turned TV commentator was heard calling former South Africa cricketer Hashim Amla a “terrorist” on live television during a Test match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at Colombo.
The incident happened when Amla took a catch to dismiss Kumar Sangakkara after which Jones was heard saying, “the terrorist has got another wicket”. Jones was also sacked by his employers, Ten Sports following the incident.
The Australian later also apologised for his remarks. “It was a silly and completely insensitive thing to say and, obviously, it was never supposed to be heard over the air. I am truly sorry to have caused offence to anybody and the last thing I intended was to be disrespectful.”
“Everyone needs to get away from perpetuating the myth, publicly and privately, that beards associated with the Muslim faith are somehow suspicious, and I intend to do exactly that. The irony is that I am great friends with most of the Pakistan team and they are all Muslims.
Darren Lehmann’s racist outburst
Former Australian batsman Darren Lehmann had to face wide criticism after his racial outburst during a match against Sri Lanka at the Gabba in 2003. Lehmann had shouted “black c****” in the dressing room after he was run-out in the Brisbane ODI.
Lehmann had later admitted that the offence that had him banned for five ODIs was “the biggest mistake” of his life.
“It was the biggest mistake of my life. I apologised for it on the night, to the captain Kumar Sangakkara [Sanath Jayasuriya was captain] and the Sri Lankan team, and hopefully, they’ve forgiven me and we can move on,” Lehmann had said.
ICC on racism: Against this backdrop there is clearly no place for discrimination so, in October 2012, the ICC Anti-Racism Policy for International Cricket was introduced as part of the ICC’s continuing efforts to maintain the public image, popularity and integrity of cricket.