Indian cricketer reveals discrimination due to skin color, not allowed to enter his own country’s hotel
The issue of apartheid is not new in the world of cricket. But this Indian player has made many shocking revelations about it.
In international cricket, recently, the comments of many cricketers on social media have come into controversy. The heat of this series, which started with England cricketer Ollie Robinson, reached many other players as well. Taking a tough step on this, the England and Wales Cricket Board decided to suspend Robinson. Now the Indian cricketer has made a big disclosure on this issue. In which he told how he too had to face color discrimination in his career. Even in his own country, he was stopped from entering a hotel in Mumbai. According to the report of The Quint, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, the former leg-spinner of the Indian cricket team, is the cricketer who had to face apartheid in his career. (The Quint Hindi Article)
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan became a part of Team India at the age of 16.
Asked about Oli Robinson’s case, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan said, “I was selected in the Indian team at the age of 16. I was barred from entering a five-star hotel in Mumbai before my first tour. The hotel’s amply wondered how a 16-year-old boy could play for India. And they didn’t even feel it because I was black in color. He made a sensational revelation, “Whether it was India or Pakistan or Australia, I had to face apartheid throughout my career. I was insulted.
These things affect your game
The former spinner of Team India said, as a player, these things do not affect you much as long as you are playing well. But when you are going through a bad form then it affects you. When I played my last Test match, I was 21 years old. It was a mixture of many things. Simple form, lack of confidence, and poor treatment of you by the audience. He also said on this serious issue that all cricket boards should make their players aware of this. Laxman said, especially the cricket boards of Asian countries should sit with each of their players and tell them what conditions they may face on the tour of which country. And how to deal with those situations. I am glad to see how the Indian team reacted unitedly in the case of Mohammed Siraj during the tour of Australia.
It still happens
On the question of whether India also faced apartheid (color discrimination), he said, Absolutely. When I visited the northern part of India, I was called by a Hindi name which means black in English. The same happens even today. A few years ago while working as a broadcaster, I was stopped by a policeman even though I had official documents. Whereas another member leading ahead of me was allowed straight in without asking anything. It only has to do with apartheid and nothing else.