Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell has recalled his brush with racism as he presented his perspectives at the raging factor, speaking a couple of time when he noticed fellow avid gamers being abused and discriminated in opposition to however now not and not using a word of protest from him.
Racism is a subject of worldwide debate at this time after the loss of life of African-American George Floyd by the hands of a white police officer in america.
Several cricketers, together with West Indian stars like Chris Gayle and Darren Sammy, have unfolded about their very own studies whilst voicing improve to the ‘Black Lives Matter’ motion.
“As racism is playing a prominent role in the current turbulent times, it’s worth reflecting on my experience of prejudice in and around cricket,” Chappell wrote in his column for ‘ESPNCricinfo’.
Chappell turned into acutely aware of racism best when he began travelling for cricket.
“As a youngster growing up in a family where there was no notable prejudice, despite being in the era of the White Australia Policy, I wasn’t really aware of racism,” he mentioned.
“My first overseas tour was to South Africa in 1966-67 and it was an eye-opener. The apartheid regime was in power and we got a taste of its abhorrent nature after winning the second Test in Cape Town,” he remembered.
“‘Why don’t you pick Garry Sobers? Then you’ll have a team full of blacks’ was the offensive comment directed at Australian batsman Grahame Thomas by an ignorant patron in the team hotel. Thomas has Native American lineage dating back to the days of slavery,” he mentioned.
Chappell mentioned right through his tenure as captain, he barred using any word that had black in it.
‘You do not name anyone a fortunate white b*******’
“…in 1972-73, prior to commencing a home series against Pakistan and then touring the Caribbean, I spoke to the Australian players. I warned them if there were any terms of address prefixed by the word “black”, there would be trouble.
“I mentioned: ‘You do not name anyone a fortunate white b******, so why come with the phrase ‘black’ in any outburst?’ I by no means heard one of these feedback from the ones Australian avid gamers,” he said.
He also revealed that West Indies legend Viv Richards had once spoken about an Australian player using racial slurs but assured later that the matter had been sorted out. The incident, he said, took place during a 1975-76 series.
Recalling another incident the same year, Chappell narrated how a player of colour in a mixed-race International Wanderers side — managed by Richie Benaud and captained by Greg — was targeted.
“…we travelled to a floor outdoor Port Elizabeth to look at avid gamers of color who were not allowed to compete within the Currie Cup pageant on account of South Africa’s apartheid rules.
“John Shepherd, who played for West Indies and Kent, and is of the most gentle people on this earth, was part of our side. As we were leaving, a member of the crowd shouted out: ‘Why don’t you paint yourself white, Shepherd, and then you can be like the rest of them’,” Chappell wrote.
“This is the sad reality of racism. What is implied often cuts deepest.”