Following the death of an unarmed African-American man in the USA, several sports stars have taken a stand against racism and have also offered their support to the peaceful protests demanding an end to discrimination on the basis of origin and color of people.
Global sports icons like Michael Jordan, Naomi Osaka, Seren Williams, and Chris Gayle are among those who have condemned racism. While expressing his outrage, West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle had also pointed that racism has been prevalent in cricket as well.
Following Gayle and other cricketers’ comments about racism in the sport, and ICC also made its stand clear against racism, saying, without diversity, cricket is nothing.
Here are 5 instances, when racism was seen in cricket.
Jofra Archer racially abused by a fan during Test vs New Zealand
England pacer Jofra Archer has urging people to speak up against racism following the death of George Floyd and has been offering his support to the #BlackLiveMatter movement.
“I’m very glad the Black Lives Matter campaign has got as vocal as this,” Archer, who was racially abused by a fan during a Test against New Zealand in November last year, wrote in his column for the Daily Mail here
“As an individual, I’ve always been one for speaking out, especially if something bothers you. My personal view is that you should never keep things bottled up because racism is not okay.”
Archer himself was racially abused during England’s 1st Test against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui last year.
Barbadian-born English cricketer had said he was racially abused by a fan while walking back to the pavilion during the final day of the first Test at the Bay Oval. Archer had tweeted out after the incident, saying, it was “a bit disturbing” to hear racial taunts.
The 28-year-old man, however, had admitted racially abusing Archer in November and was banned from attending international and domestic games in New Zealand for two years.
When Sarfraz Ahmed called Andile Phehlukwayo “Abey Kaaley”
Former Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was caught sledging South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo on the stump mic during the ODI match against South Africa in Durban last year. The video of that clip had gone viral after which the Pakistan batsman received severe backlash on social media.
Sarfraz was caught on the stump mic saying: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” (Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got…