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Cricket not free of racism, I faced it too: Chris Gayle

PTI: Expressing solidarity with the ‘Black Lives Matter’ campaign, star West Indies batsman Chris Gayle has alleged that he faced racist remarks during his career and cricket is not free from danger.

Gayle did not elaborate when he faced racial remarks, but hinted that it could happen during his tenure in the global T20 league.

He posted on Instagram on Monday night, “I’ve traveled the world and made racist remarks about me because I’m black, trust me, the list goes on.”

“Racism is not only in football, it is also in cricket. Even within teams as a black man, I get the end of the stick. Black and powerful. Black and proud,” he said.

After the death of African-American George Floyd in the US, a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, choked his knee with handcuffs while gasping for breath.

The incident has sparked violent protests across America.

“Black life matters just like any other life. Black people matter, p *** k all racist people, stop taking black people for stupid people, even our own black people considers p *** k to be intelligent and stops bringing himself down !, ”Gayle wrote.

Casteism in cricket received the most attention last year when England fast bowler Jofra Archer was abused by a spectator in New Zealand.

New Zealand’s top players and the cricket board offered an apology to the Englishman for the incident.

Also on Monday night, the England cricket team’s official Twitter handle posted a message condemning racism.

“We stand for diversity, we stand against racism,” the message read.

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