Cricket is known as A Gentleman’s game but sometimes some players breaches code and conduct of the game. Recently concluded India’s tour of Australia saw instances of racist comments on Indian players. This type of instances shatters the spirit of cricket.
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Jofra Archer faced racial abuse
The New Zealand team has always shown the spirit of the game but their fans are unlike them. The Kiwi fans have always shown disrespect to the visiting oppositions. When Mohd. Amir made come back in 2016, he was called cheater by the New Zealand fans. When it comes to racist comments it’s not just insulting but it’s a criminal offence.
In 2019, when England team visited New Zealand for the test series Jofra Archer came up with a set of tweets which consist racial abuse against him. This instance was seen on the 5 day of the first test played in Mount Maunganui. after the incident the England cricket board and the New Zealand cricket board started an investigation against the abuses. The guilty was banned for two years by the cricket board.
“Can the guy that was yelling BBC and bc from the scoreboard area today come forward and tell me what those words mean please? Because I don’t,” Archer tweeted.
Sammy was called ‘kalu’
The former West Indies captain Darren Sammy disclosed about an incident which happened in the Sunrisers Hyderabad camp during the IPL. In the light of black life matters movement Darren Sammy disclosed that he was called ‘Kalu’ by his teammates during the 2013 IPL. He came up with this six years later because he did not know the meaning of the word.
“In hindsight, asking for apology I shouldn’t have even done that. If me and my team-mates have done something not intentionally, but now I realize that could be deemed or termed as something that could be hurtful to a team-mate of mine. So whether I get an apology or not, it doesn’t change the mentality of how proud I am to be a black person, to be a black man. It doesn’t change,” he added that he wants to educate people not to criticize them.
The Monkey gate episode
Everybody is familiar with the MonkeyGate scandal which happened between Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds. During the Sydney test in 2008, Harbhajan Singh was banned by ICC for calling Andrew Symonds ‘monkey’.
during the Indian innings, Andrew Symonds sledged Harbhajan Singh and The turbinator abused him in anger. This was clarified by Tendulkar and the ban imposed by the match referee, Mike Procter was overruled. This is the most controversial incident in the history of the game. This incident fuelled the rivalry between the two sides and this will be remembered as long as the game exists.
Ali was called ‘Osama’
Finally came up with an incident in 2019 that happened with him in the Ashes series in 2015. In his biography Moeen Ali made it clear that he was called ‘Osama’ by the Australian player during a test in Cardiff.
Moeen Ali did not revealed the name of the cricketer. Both the players dicussed the incident after the 2015 Ashes. The anonymous cricketer also clarified that he did not utter ‘Osama’. Eventually he said ” take that part timer” not “take that Osama”.
Sarfaraz’s ignorance hurts Andile Phehlukwayo
It is very true that racism can be brought out by the ignorance. This incident is very similar to the incident that happened with Darren Sammy when he was called ‘Kalu’ by his teammates during the Indian Premier League 2013. Pakistan former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed slur something to South African all rounder Andile Phehlukwayo was was highly condemned and was of racist nature.
Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?’ These comments were made by Sarfaraz Ahmed to Andile Phehlukwayo when he reached his half century against Pakistan in 2015 in an ODI match. He was caught on camera and as well as on stump mic. He faced a four match ban by the International Cricket Council.
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