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Daren Sammy calls out IPL teammates over alleged racist slurs
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Daren Sammy calls out IPL teammates over alleged racist slurs

Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy has alleged he was subjected to racist jibes during his Indian Premier League stint with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013-14.

Sammy said he recently discovered the meaning of a "degrading" term used to describe him by his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates at the lucrative T20 league.

"I was listening to Hasan Minhaj [Indian-American comedian] talking about how some of the people in his culture view or describe black people," Sammy wrote on Instagram.

He had earlier stated in a post on Sunday that the word was 'kalu' -- which means black man in Hindi -- but he has not directly pointed out which players used it.

"I was angry after listening to him describing a word that they use to describe black people, which he was saying is not in a good way... and it was degrading.

"Instantly I remembered when I played for Sunrisers in 2013 and 2014, I was being called the exact same word he described that was degrading to us black people."

Sammy demanded an apology from those players guilty of employing this phrase.

"Because if it was in any way, shape or form what Minhaj said it meant, I'm very disappointed and I'd still be angry and deserve an apology from you guys," he said.

Top athletes around the world have spoken out against racism in sport following the widespread protests in the USA after the death of an unarmed African-American man George Floyd in police custody.

The Sunrisers management has not made any comment on the controversy yet.

However, Sammy's IPL teammate Irfan Pathan has denied that the word was ever uttered at Sammy.

"I did not see or hear any such issue coming to light. See, it would have been a big issue had such a thing occurred and he was our captain as well," Pathan told AFP.

Pathan conceded there was a broader issue of using such words in Indian society and emphasised on the need to tackle rigid and prejudiced mindsets.

"Racism is there in the world... and we should address it and set it right," he said.

Indian spinner Parvez Rasool, another player who played with Sammy for Sunrisers Hyderabad, claimed that the two-time World T20-winner should back his accusations with the names of the players.

"Personally I did not notice anybody calling Sammy by any name. He [Sammy] is a very good and jovial guy," Rasool told AFP.

"And if he has been subject to racial taunts then he should tell the names of the players."

IPL chairman Brijesh Patel reiterated the league's "zero tolerance" attitude towards racism of any kind within the sport.

Sammy also said Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera was at the receiving end of these racially charged remarks, which were followed by laughter from the perpetrators.

"I assumed it meant something else that was uplifting. But every time I was called it, it was me and Thisara, there was always laughter in the moment," he wrote.

"But you could understand my frustration and my anger when it was pointed out to me that it wasn't funny at all."