New Delhi: "It is never too late to fight for the right cause," said West Indies star cricketer Chris Gayle as he came out in support of former T20 World Cup-winning skipper Darren Sammy.
The debate around racism in sport was kickstarted once again after former Windies T20 World Cup-winning skipper Darren Sammy alleged racism during his stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Taking note of Sammy's revelation, Gayle tweeted: "It's never too late to fight for the right cause or what you've experienced over the years! So much more to your story, @darensammy88. Like I said, it's in the game".
Earlier, Gayle had also revealed that he too has been a victim of racism, and added that racism is something that has been bothering cricket as well.
On Tuesday, Sammy had released a video specifying that the racial slurs against him were used within the Sunrisers camp.
"I have played all over the world and I have been loved by many people, I have embraced all dressing rooms where I have played, so I was listening to Hasan Minhaj as to how some of the people in his culture describe black people," Sammy said in a video posted on his Instagram account.
"This does not apply to all people, so after I found out a meaning of a certain word, I had said I was angry on finding out the meaning and it was degrading, instantly I remembered when I played for SunRisers Hyderabad, I was being called exactly the same word which is degrading to us black people," he added.
Sammy said that at the time when he was being called with the word, he didn't know the meaning, and his team-mates used to laugh every time after calling him by that name.
"I will be messaging those people, you guys know who you are, I must admit at that time when I was being called as that word I thought the word meant strong stallion or whatever it is, I did not know what it meant, every time I was called with that word, there was laughter at that moment, I thought teammates are laughing so it must be something funny," Sammy said.
— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) June 9, 2020
The former Windies skipper has been a vocal supporter of the protests that are currently going on in the United States over the death of an African-American man named George Floyd.
Sammy had also made an appeal to the ICC and other cricket boards to support the fight against social injustice and racism.
With inputs from ANI
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