Back in January 2019, the then Pakistan skipper was penalised for referring to South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo as 'Kaale'
Darren Sammy, alleging ex-SRH teammates of calling him by a racist nickname, said that he didn't know meaning of the word 'kalu'
On the Sarfaraz - Phehlukwayo incident, Sammy said that he didn't know what word the Pakistani had used for the South African
A huge controversy triggered as Windies cricketer Daren Sammy accused some of his former Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates during his time in the Indian Premier League (IPL) of calling him by a racist nickname, 'Kalu'. What was surprising for many is that despite the fact that former Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed had been penalised for calling South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo by a similar name in a live match, Sammy remained unaware of the word's meaning.
Sammy revealed that till now he thought the word meant 'a stallion' and only after he saw Indian-American comedian Hasan Minhaj talk about it, that he came to know of the racist meaning of the word. In a chat with ESPNCricinfo, the veteran Windies all-rounder admitted that although he knew that Sarfaraz had used a 'racial slur' for Phehlukwayo, he wasn't quite aware of the exact terminology used.
“I heard Sarfaraz used (a) racial slur, but I did not really dive into the story. I saw it pop up, but I did not get into the details. I wasn't aware it was that word he used back then,” Sammy said.
The 36-year-old all-rounder further asserted that it's all about clarifying the intention behind such words. While Sarfaraz went on to issue an apology right after, Sammy too said that he wants to have a chat with those involved to understand what they really meant when they referred to him as 'kalu'.
“But I know he issued an apology right after. That in itself is why I am having this conversation - whether you didn't mean it in any way like that we need to stop. That is why I want to have a conversation with the people who used it in the dressing room. Let's stop it for us to avoid situations like what Sarfaraz did thinking it was innocent. If it could mean anything that could be taken as degrading or insulting, you don't use it. Full stop,” Sammy said.
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