Racism crisis: I have been color discriminated throughout my life, says this Indian cricketer

Former Indian leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishna has alleged that he has been "colour discriminated" all his life, including in his own country he faced racism crisis

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Former Indian leg-spinner Laxman Sivaramakrishnan has alleged that he has been "colour discriminated" all his life, including in his own country. Sivaramakrishnan has played nine Tests and 16 ODIs for India. The leg-spinner opened up about his experience with discrimination and racism crisis in the wake of the racism scandal that has rocked English cricket.

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The former leg-spinner was known for his prodigious turn and flight. Meanwhile, he was reacting to a Twitter post that hinted at online trolling faced by commentators.

"I have been criticised and colour discriminated all my life, so it doesn't bother me anymore. This, unfortunately, happens in our own country," Sivaramakrishnan wrote on his Twitter handle.

Sivaramakrishman is not the only one who faces Racism crisis

Sivaramakrishnan is not the only Indian player to open up about discrimination against. Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund had also raised this issue on social media in 2017. Abhinav Mukund has featured in 7 Tests for India.

"I have been travelling a lot within and outside our country since I was 15. Ever since I was young, people's obsession with my skin colour has always been a mystery to me." Mukund added in the statement.

"Anyone who follows cricket would understand the obvious. I have played and trained day in and day out in the sun. And not even once have I regretted the fact that I have tanned or lost a couple of shades.

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"It is simply because I love what I do and I have been able to achieve certain things only because I have spent hours outdoors. I come from Chennai probably one of the hottest places in the country. I have gladly spent most of my adult life in the cricket ground." Last year, former India and Karnataka pacer Dodda Ganesh, too, had opened up about his experience of racial discrimination.

Former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq testified about the racial discrimination that he faced at a parliamentary hearing.

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