Sammy wants cricket bodies to treat racism seriously

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Former West Indies Captain Darren Sammy .
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Former West Indies Captain, Darren Sammy has urged cricket’s governing bodies to treat racism more seriously and pay it some attention in the integrity of the game.

Sammy, who led the West Indies to two Twenty20 World Cup titles, has been at the forefront of the movement in cricket and wants those who run the game to do more.

Sammy told a news agency in Trinidad, where the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) was played recently, “We have made the recommendations. It is not something that we can hide. So I urge them (to give racism) the same emphasis they put on protecting the integrity of the game.”

Athletes across the world have spoken out about racism in sport as part of the Black Lives Matter protests after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.

England joined West Indies in wearing “Black Lives Matter” logos on their shirt during their recent test series and also took the knee as part of the protest against racism.