Cricket and racism have a long history when we look at the past. However, it has recently been suggested that racism is slowly disappearing from the game with players of all castes, religions and colors who share the locker room in harmony around the world.
Of course, unwarranted incidents with players being racially abused by fans have often appeared in headlines. For example, the scandalous incident with a fan of Mohamed Siraj during the Australia-India series. However, discrimination among players in the locker room is rarely heard. But incidents such as Denmark’s Kaneria, a former Pakistani spinner claiming to have faced discrimination in Pack’s dressing room because of his religion, suggest that such news is often suppressed.
And it’s even clearer now with Lonwabo Tsotsobe’s former ODI № 1 bowling alleges that he was often involved in “resistance, discrimination and victimization” in the South African locker room, bringing the Rainbow nation to shame.
In a presentation to the SJN Cricket Transformation Ombudsman’s Office (CSA), Tsotsobe revealed that his mother had been “kicked out of the presidential suite at a stadium” and denied access to the plush hospitality on the day she traveled to the venue. to watch Proteas’ former left-handed fast bowling alley for the national cricket team, South African media reported.
“There was also a case where my mother was evicted from the presidential suite at the stadium and the reason was that the suite was full of white families,” wrote Tsotsobe, who played five tests, 61 ODIs and 23 T20Is for Proteas.
“However, I did not take this outright racially motivated act. “I objected and told them that I would not gratuit the pitch and play unless my mother had received the same treatment and status as the whites.
“After such an argument, she was admitted to the apartment.”
He also revealed that while making his debut for South Africa in 2009, he was forced to carry the adult player’s bags, but the same behavior did not affect the young white players on the team.
“When I was originally chosen to represent Proteus on tour, I had to carry the bags of older players on the bus.
“At the time, I thought it was part of an initiative extended to every new player on the team.
“To my surprise, later, when I became a senior player, none of the newly elected white players was subjected to the so-called initiating practice.