Former all-rounder Irfan Pathan has revealed that he experienced racial slurs being thrown around on the Indian domestic scene.
Earlier on Saturday, West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy had expressed his disappointment after coming to know the meaning of the hindi word ‘kalu’, a racial taunt he claimed was hurled at him during his time with the IPL franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Sammy used to think that the word originally meant ‘strong stallion’ but now came to know otherwise.
“I just learnt what that kalu meant when I played for Sunrisers in the IPL. They called me and Perera by that name. I thought it meant strong Stallion. My previous post tells me something different and I am angry,” said Sammy on his insta.
Irfan Pathan however denied Sammy’s claim and said he doesn’t remember any such slur being thrown at Sammy.
“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,” said Pathan
“Some of our cricketers from the south, especially, have faced that in the northern and western parts of the country, though I don’t want to name anyone,” he added.
Another teammate of Sammy at Sunrisers, wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel also claimed that he could not recall any racial terms being used during his time.
“I don’t think I have heard anyone using those (derogatory) words,” said Patel.
Earlier, Sammy had also urged ICC to stand up against racism, after violent protests erupted across the United States over the death of a handcuffed black man, George Floyd, in police custody.