Sammy wants apology from team-mates he says gave him nickname 'Black'

Furious ex-West Indies captain Daren Sammy demands an apology from the IPL team-mates he claims gave him the nickname ‘Black’ – and says at the time he thought the Hindi word translated as ‘strong stallion’

  • Daren Sammy posted video outlining why he wants an apology and explanation
  • He revealed that Sunrisers Hyderabad team-mates gave him the nickname ‘Kalu’ 
  • Sammy has found out that the term means ‘black’ rather than ‘strong stallion’
  • Indian bowler Ishant Sharma referred to Sammy as ‘kaluu’ in Instagram picture 

Former West Indies captain Daren Sammy has demanded an apology from his former IPL team-mates after he accused them of addressing him by a racially derogatory name.

He says his dressing-room nickname during his time with Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013 and 2014 was ‘kalu’, which means ‘black’ in Hindi. 

Instead, Sammy – who captained West Indies to World T20 success in 2012 and 2016 – thought it meant ‘strong stallion’.

Daren Sammy demanded an apology from former Sunrisers Hyderabad team-mates

Ishant Sharma (left) referred to Sammy as ‘Kalu’ in this Instagram post with other former Sunrisers Hyderabad players Dale Steyn (right) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (second from left)

So recently I discovered a word that I was being called was not what it actually meant I need some answers. So before I start calling out names I need these individuals to reach out and please tell me there’s another meaning to that word and when I was being called it,it was all in love. #blackandproud #blackandconfident #clarasboy #saynotoracism #stopracism #cricketer #stlucia

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Sammy came to learn the word’s true meaning – which he says was also used for his Sri Lankan team-mate Thisara Perera – while watching Indian-American comedian Hasan Minhaj, and released an angry message on Instagram.

An old Instagram picture has emerge from Indian fast bowler and former team-mate Ishant Sharma who posted a picture with Sammy, Dale Steyn and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, referring to Sammy as ‘kaluu’ in the caption.

In his video Sammy said: ‘I will be messaging those people,’ he said. ‘You guys know who you are. I must admit, at the time in which I was being called that, I did not know what it meant. 

‘I thought it meant strong stallion, and I saw no problems with it because I was ignorant to the fact of what it meant. I thought it meant something uplifting.

‘But, every time I was called it, there was always laughter. Me being a team man, I thought, hey, team-mates are happy, it must be something funny. 

‘You can understand my frustration and my anger when it was pointed out to me that it wasn’t funny at all, it was degrading.

‘So, I’m going to be texting you guys, and asking you guys, when you repeatedly called me that word over and over again to the point that I was even saying that’s my name, did you all mean it in any way, shape or form as a degrading word to me?

‘Because, if it was what Minhaj said it meant, I’m very disappointed, and I’ll still be angry, and deserve an apology from you guys, because I saw all of you guys as my brothers.’

Last week, Sammy used Twitter to urge cricket administrators to combat racism following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.

Sammy, pictured here last year for St Lucia Zouks, is angry after realising the meaning

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