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Samosa seller | Former Pakistan cricketer Atiq-u-Zaman talks about how he faced racism
In a recent talk, the earlier Samosa seller and former Pakistan cricketer Atiq-u-Zaman stated how he faced racism. He stated how much exhausting that phase was in real. Here we have gathered his official statements down below.
“It was back in 2006, I was introduced to Bryson by another development officer for some coaching assignment. I got a stint and did a couple of sessions. For the third session, I couldn’t reach as my car was having some problem,” he recalled.
“I texted Paul about the problem but he didn’t reply to my messages or my calls. The same evening, he phoned me and complained about my absence. When I reminded him that I had texted him, we exchanged some heated words before dropping the phone. After a few hours, he texted me again asking if I was that ‘samosa seller’ he saw at Edgbaston,” Zaman said.
“I was new to the society, I was still finding a job and wanted to settle, that’s why I refrained from taking it further as I believed that it could’ve jeopardized my career there,” the cricketer said.
“Also, it was normal for us to hear words like Paki or bloody Asians. It would hurt us then but we couldn’t do much about it,” he said adding that the matter is not limited to one or two counties but in fact, racism was deeply rooted in English cricket.
“If someone is highly qualified and yet not getting any opportunities then he would surely think that it is because he’s from a different race,” the former Pakistani cricketer said.
“To my knowledge, some 1,500 to 2,500 people have approached English authorities with complaints about racism they faced at different levels at various counties,” he revealed.