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Discrimination due to faith is racism too: Irfan

Source: PTI
June 09, 2020 18:42 IST
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Former India pacer Irfan Pathan on Tuesday contributed to the global debate around racism, saying "it is not just restricted to the skin colour" and one could also be racially abused due to his religion.

The killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis last month triggered mass protests around the country and reignited the racism debate world over.

"Racism is not restricted to the colour of the skin. Not allowing to buy a home in a society just because u have a different faith is a part of racism too," Pathan wrote on Twitter.

Former India bowler Irfan Pathan. Photograph: Irfan Pathan/Twitter

When asked if he wrote out of his personal experience or it was something he observed, Pathan told PTI: "It is an observation and I don't think anyone can deny this."

Pathan, who retired from all forms of the game earlier this year, played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs and 24 T20s for India.

 

In the wake of Floyd's death, international cricketers too have come out and spoken on the issue of racism in the game.

West Indian Chris Gayle first spoke about it last week, when he said that racism is not just restricted to football but exists in cricket too.

On Monday, former West Indies captain Darren Sammy, alleged that he was racially abused by some of his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates during the 2014 IPL.

 

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