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I don't hold grudges against Ishant Sharma, consider him a brother – Daren Sammy
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I don't hold grudges against Ishant Sharma, consider him a brother – Daren Sammy

Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy has revealed to have held a discussion with Ishant Sharma and settle the issue of a racially offensive word used to address him during their stint as Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates in the past.

Sammy had alleged in June that the was often called 'kalu' – a Hindi word interpreted as a racial slur – during his time in the IPL in 2014 and 2015.

This charge was further validated when a couple of social media posts from ex-teammates showed that they had indeed used the derogatory word to describe him.

One of these posts came from senior pacer Ishant's Instagram page where he had called Sammy 'kalu' and the infuriated Saint Lucian cricketer demanded an apology from his Sunrisers fellows.

In a conversation with PTI [Press Trust of India], Sammy remarked that he had forgiven Ishant and viewed him with respect as he had now cleared the air with him.

"I don't hold grudges. I have spoken to Ishant Sharma. I consider him a brother like I did back in 2014 and '15 when playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad," he said.

Nevertheless, Sammy emphasised that he would continue to question the logic of using such racist slurs and would call out any person guilty of this behaviour.

"But again if I find out that a possible racial slur is being used to describe me, no matter what time I find out, I will ask questions about it and that's what I did.

"I have spoken and voiced my opinion and I am moving on. All these issues started a conversation in the cricket fraternity. I have no regrets talking about that," he added.

The 36-year-old all-rounder has been vocal in taking an emphatic stance against racism after the police brutality incident in the USA, which culminated in the painful death of African-American George Floyd.

The horrific event caught on camera sparked off a series of protests condemning systemic racism all over the world.

The cricket fraternity has also showed their support to the Black Lives Matter movement with players involved in the recent West Indies-England series taking the knee before every game.

"I think it's just the way my mom raised me. You must stand up for the things you believe in whether injustice is being done to you or your fellow men. It's not just a movement because black lives do matter," Sammy said.

"For years, we have been racially discriminated on the basis of our colour. We have gone through so much as a race, as people."

"George Floyd was the straw that broke the camel's back. People had to raise their voice against the systemic injustice, police brutality against people of colour."

Sammy is currently in action in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League (CPL) where he is captaining St Lucia Zouks.