West Indies coach Phil Simmons has revealed that he was subjected to racial abuse throughout his league cricket stint in England. Simmons was an important cog within the Leicestershire squad which gained the County Championship in 1996. He additionally performed in varied leagues in England within the 80s and 90s. “I encountered fairly a little bit of racism up within the leagues. In county cricket, I have not actually encountered that a lot. However I’ve encountered it within the leagues,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Simmons as saying.
“It isn’t a pleasant factor to face. Particularly within the leagues the place you are by your self typically. It affected my spouse after I was up there. It isn’t a pleasant factor. I performed in three or 4 totally different leagues. It was one specific league up within the northeast,” he added.
Simmons has additionally confirmed that the West Indies squad will present their solidarity with the Black Lives Matter motion when the Take a look at collection in opposition to England begins.
“We positively are fascinated by issues that we are able to do to indicate our solidarity with the motion. We positively have plans to indicate our unity and our backing to it,” Simmons mentioned.
“The chats with the English are on-going and by the top of this week we’ll see what we are able to do collectively,” he added.
The ”Black Lives Matter” motion has gained momentum after the demise of an African-American man named George Floyd, following a police officer, later recognized as Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck.
Ever since Floyd’s demise, many sportspersons have come out to speak about their expertise with racism.
Windies opening batsman Chris Gayle additionally mentioned that he had confronted racism, and added that it’s a fable that the menace of racism exists simply in soccer.
Daren Sammy had additionally alleged racism throughout the SunRisers Hyderabad camp throughout 2014 IPL.
The Premier League had resumed its suspended season final week and all groups have been sending out a powerful message to indicate solidarity with the ”Black Lives Matter” motion.
All groups have been taking a knee to indicate their assist, whereas jerseys of all groups have ”Black Lives Matter” written on them.
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