In May-June this year, when the world was stunned by the brutal killing of George Floyd, two-time Twenty20 World Cup-winning West Indies captain Darren Sammy grabbed headlines with his startling allegation that his Indian teammates in the IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad addressed him as ‘kalu’, a word he later learnt had racial undertones. The 36-year-old Sammy, who plays T20 leagues around the world, stepped on the gas as #BlackLivesMatter gathered steam. Sammy spoke to Soumitra Bose from St Lucia. Excerpts:
The West Indies cricket team has been a potpourri of races and colours. You even had White men as captains in John Goddard and Gerry Alexander.