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There have been protests across the globe after the custodial killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

There have been protests across the globe after the custodial killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Daren Sammy, Chris Gayle and a host of other cricketers have raised concerns against racism in the backdrop of the custodial killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which in turn has led to widespread protests and condemnation across the USA and rest of the world.

Floyd, aged 46, passed away in Minneapolis on May 25 in police custody. The post-mortem report declared it as homicide noting, "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression".

Sammy, the former West Indies captain, also noted that it is time for the ICC and the rest of the cricketing fraternity to "speak against the social injustice against my kind". He also added, "now is not the time to be silent. I want to hear you". Meanwhile, Gayle, the West Indies opener, observed that "racism is not only in football but in cricket too".

Daren Sammy @darensammy88 . @ICC and all the other boards are you guys not seeing what’s happening to ppl like me? Are you not gonna speak against the social injustice against my kind. This is not only about America. This happens everyday #BlackLivesMatter now is not the time to be silent. I wanna hear u 12:02 AM • Jun 06, 2020

Chris Gayle @henrygayle ?????????????????? 01:02 PM • Jun 06, 2020

On Tuesday (June 2), Kumar Sangakkara, the former Sri Lanka captain, also voiced his concern against racism by posting a string of tweets. He said: "The activism in America against systemic racism and injustice is a powerful lesson to us all." On the other hand, Ian Bishop, the former West Indies paceman, observed: "The pain is real. People are crying out to be heard." The England and Wales Cricket Board also put up an image of Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler embracing each other after England won the 2019 World Cup.

Incidentally, last year, England's promising fast bowler, Jofra Archer was subject to a racist slur from a spectator on the final day of the first Test versus New Zealand in Bay Oval. Jofra noted: "To hear racism, though -- that's another matter. There is no time or place for it in any walk of life, let alone cricket. It's just not called for." New Zealand Cricket (NZC) later suspended a 28-year-old man from attending international and domestic matches in New Zealand for two years after he accepted his offence in a police investigation.

Dave Richardson, ICC's former CEO, had stressed before the start of the 2019 World Cup that malicious or personal comments won't be tolerated. "Over the last 12 months there has been a significant improvement and generally, teams have been very well behaved. Any kind of racism, homophobic comments there will be zero tolerance for and the code of conduct will apply. Twelve months ago we introduced more severe penalties for this type of sledging and language and we will implement it in the same fashion in this event."

On the back of ICC's Code of Conduct, Sarfraz Ahmed, the former Pakistan captain, was suspended for four games in January 2019 after he accepted that he was guilty of passing a racist comment against South Africa's Andile Phelukwayo. Christi Viljoen of Namibia was also handed a four-match ban for violating ICC's Anti-Racism Code in the T20 WC Africa Qualifiers versus Uganda last year.

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