Hyderabad: Former West Indies skipper Darren Sammy, who has been vocal in the anti-racism movement, said that the Black Lives Matter movement inspired West Indies to crush England in the first Test in Southampton where they recorded a comfortable four-wicket victory.
“When you have a movement for black lives, and you have a black team come to England – with everything that’s going on – that creates extra motivation,” Sammy said speaking during the The Cricket Debate.
“And the decision to come over to England and play – there is something special about playing in England that sees West Indians want to rise, and get extra motivated. The whole scenario of this Test match, the significance of cricket being back, what it meant to see a black team on TV after this time where sport has not been played, that provided extra motivation for the West Indies,” said the all-rounder.
Sammy recently slammed former South African cricketers for criticising fast bowler Lungi Ngidi’s stance on the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. Sammy said that the criticism shows why it is important to speak up on racism. “The fact that some past players have an issue with Lungi Ngidi’s stance on the #blacklivesmatter movement is actually the reason why we are still here today saying black lives matter. Smfh #standupbrother we here with u (sic),” he tweeted.
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