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 numerous leagues in England within the 80s and 90s. “I encountered quite a bit of racism up in the leagues. In county cricket, I haven’t really encountered that much. But I have encountered it in the leagues,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Simmons as saying.
“It’s not a nice thing to face. Especially in the leagues where you’re by yourself sometimes. It affected my wife when I was up there. It’s not a nice thing. I played in three or four different leagues. It was one particular league up in 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 Test collection towards England begins.
“We definitely are thinking about things that we can do to show our solidarity with the movement. We definitely have plans to show our unity and our backing to it,” Simmons stated.
“The chats with the English are on-going and by the end of this week we’ll see what we can do together,” 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 stated that he had confronted racism, and added that it’s a fantasy that the menace of racism exists simply in soccer.
Daren Sammy had additionally alleged racism inside 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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