The former Indian batsman, who performed for the Marylebone Cricket Club again in 2007, mentioned that he was referred to as “Paki”, a racial slur directed at individuals of South Asian origin, primarily in English-speaking nations.
“We (cricketers) at one point or the other, have been victims of racism. I remember when I used to play league cricket in England, there were two South Africans in one of the opposition teams and both of them really went on an abusive spree,” Chopra mentioned on his YouTube channel.
“Even when I was at the non-striker’s end, they were after my life. They were constantly calling me Paki. Now many believe Paki is a short form of Pakistan but that is not true. If you are brown skinned. If you’re anywhere from Asian subcontinent, this term is used to racially abuse,” he added.
Chopra mentioned his workforce backed him however that did not change the truth that the 2 gamers racially abused him. “You’re called Paki, and nobody likes it. The moment you call anybody Paki in England, you know the intention behind it. That’s what happened with me at that time. My team stood by me but the truth is the person in front of me was doing it,” he recalled.
The 42-year-old, who has featured in 10 Tests for India, spoke about how deep-rooted the issue is throughout the globe. “Even if you’re white-skinned, it happens then as well. When they come to this part of the world, they are also subjected to this kind of behaviour,” Chopra mentioned.
He recalled the notorious incident when Australian Andrew Symonds was subjected to monkey chants whereas fielding in India. “In fact, when Andrew Symonds came to India, so many Monkey chants started filling up the Wankhede Stadium. That is when people were told that your entry will be banned,” Chopra mentioned.
Chopra’s feedback have come after the West Indies duo of former World Cup-winning captain Darren Sammy and star batsman Chris Gayle, alleged racial abuse whereas denouncing the demise of African-American George by the hands of a white police officer.
In the wake of Floyd’s demise, which triggered violent protests within the US, worldwide cricketers have opened up on their very own expertise in coping with racism.
Sammy, whereas commenting on the protests, had spoken about being referred to as ‘Kalu’ — a derogatory phrase to explain black individuals — by his Sunrisers Hyderabad teammates, together with senior India pacer Ishant Sharma, whereas enjoying within the Indian Premier League.
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