MELBOURNE, June 21: Former Australian skipper Ian Chappell has recalled his brush with racism as he offered his views on the raging issue, talking about a time when he saw fellow players being abused and discriminated against but not without a note of protest from him.
Racism is a topic of global debate right now after the death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in the USA.
�As racism is playing a prominent role in the current turbulent times, it�s worth reflecting on my experience of prejudice in and around cricket,� Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNCricinfo.
Chappell became aware of racism only when he started travelling for cricket.
�As a youngster growing up in a family where there was no notable prejudice, despite being in the era of the White Australia Policy, I wasn�t really aware of racism,� he said.
�My first overseas tour was to South Africa in 1966-67 and it was an eye-opener. The apartheid regime was in power and we got a taste of its abhorrent nature after winning the second Test in Cape Town,� he remembered. � PTI