Irfan Pathan.. Image Source: IANS News

New Delhi, June 9 : Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan stated that racism is not restricted to just the colour of the skin. Irfan, who played 120 ODIs and 29 Tests for India, said stopping someone from doing something just because he followed a different faith is also a type of racism.

"Racism is not restricted to the colour of the skin. Not allowing to buy a home in a society just because you have a different faith is a part of racism too," Irfan tweeted.

Protest against racism across the world has intensified in the last few days which began following George Floyd's death at the hands of a Minneapolis police personnel.

Floyd, aged 46, died last month shortly after Derek Chauvin, a police officer, held him down with a knee on his neck though he repeatedly pleaded, "I can't breathe," and "please, I can't breathe".

Former West Indies cricketer Darren Sammy recently claimed that he was subjected to racist slurs in the Sunrisers Hyderabad dressing room during his stint in the Indian Premier League.

Sammy had expressed anger upon realising the meaning of the word 'kaalu' which he says was used to refer to him and Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera when the pair played for SRH.

India pacer Ishant Sharma's 2014 social media post surfaced which corroborates Sammy's claims.

Ishant had shared a photo with then SRH teammates Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dale Steyn and Sammy. His post read: "Me Bhuvi Kaluu and Gun Sunrisers."

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