People are educated every day on the topic of racism and have always been taught how to not discriminate anybody based on their colour, caste, religion, sex, and even not on their physical features. But, in a modern world like today, there are still some humans who are not decent enough and think it’s okay to mock other people. Given below is a list of Cricketers who were racially abusedfaced-:
1. Daren Sammy
One of the latest cases of racism in the sports industry; during his stint with Sunrise Hyderabad, West Indian all-rounder Daren revealed that he and his Sri Lankan colleague Thisara Perera were called ‘Kalu’ (black) by their teammates. Sammy thought that the word meant stallion in Hindi but later got to know the word’s actual meaning after watching an episode of comedian Hasan Minhaj’s new variety show, Patriot Act.
2. Andrew Symonds
Aussie all-rounder Andrew accused Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh of calling him a monkey, which is racially an insult. This incident is by far the most talked-about racism scandal which happened during the second Test of 2007-08 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Despite this serious case of racism, the players buried their grudge and became teammates at Mumbai Indians.
3. Jofra Archer
Archer was so disturbed by the racial insults that he took to Twitter to express his emotions; this is an incident of 2019 during England’s tour of New Zealand. The player could hear racial slurs from the stands as he walked past the pavilion during the final day of the first test. The spectator behind these insults was banned from all domestic and international fixtures in New Zealand until 2022.
4. Andile Phehlukwayo
This South African all-rounder has been called by an Urdu slur word on the pitch by former Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed took place during the second ODI against the Proteas in 2019. Even though Sarfaraz apologised on Twitter, he still received criticism from fans and other cricket teams. Ahmed was also banned from four matches and announced that he had personally apologized to Andile Phelukwayo too.
5. Hashim Amla
Former South African icon Hashim was called a terrorist by former Australian batsman Dean Jones in 2006 and became the hot topic on all media sources at the time for news. Hones were one of the commentators on the panel during the second innings of the final test and made this comment during a commercial break that aired in South Africa. Jones received massive hate and backlash over this comment, plus has been fired from the commentary panel.
6. Irfan Pathan
Pathan took Twitter to share his experience after Darren Sammy came out with his encounter. The cricketer shared how he was called by a particular name by his teammates during his early days in Baroda. This was during his Under-16 days, and he didn’t like the name by which he was called, and immediately told the other players not to call him that. Irfan has, till now, not heard the slang again.
7. Moeen Ali
Moeen came out about this racism incident in 2018 when he came out with his autobiography, Ali said that he was called, Osama during the 2015 Ashes series by an Australian player and chose not to disclose the name of the player. The unnamed player denied the allegations when private investigations were taken place by the board.
8. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli was regularly a part of controversies due to his anger. Back in 2011, Virat was racially abused by the audience of Sydney during his first tour. The cricketer believed that abuse is unacceptable and showed a middle finger standing on the field to the crowd. Later, the Australian cricketer council investigated these events with urgency and seriousness.
9. Farokh Engineer
Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman faced racism in England when he joined Lancashire. He was made fun of his accent as he came from India. The player made it very clear that his English was better than these Englishmen and wasn’t somebody to be messed around with.
10. Aakash Chopra
Aakash posted a YouTube video on his channel stating how he was called a Paki, a racial slur by opposite team players during his stint with Marylebone Cricket Club back in 2007. This slur has been directed at people of South Asian origin, especially in England.