Former Indian wicketkeeper Farokh Engineer has recently talked about the racism he faced while he featured for the Lancashire in the early ’60s in the Couty Cricket. He also revealed how he tackled the situation. Engineer was a star for his county team, as he played a fearless and positive brand of cricket.
However, Engineer had to go through a lot of such situation where he had to bear brunt of the racist remarks. But, the man dealt with the situation in his own way.
Recently, England fast bowler Olie Robson was in the headlines for his racist and sexist tweets in 2012 and 2013, when he was a teenager. He faced a permanent ban from international cricket due to this.
Olie Robson’s tweets were followed by some of the other English cricketer’s old tweets coming up on social media. the England and Wales Cricket Board is thoroughly investigating this matter. Now, Farokh Engineer has shared his own experience of racism in the UK.
He said that when he first visited England, people questioned his origin that he is from India. He also faced racist remarks when he joined his county club Lancashire. It wasn’t personal, just that he was from India, they were making fun of his accent.
Farokh was very severe with his remarks
Farokh said that he speaks English better than some of the Englishmen out there. So, soon they came to terms that it is better not to mess with Farokh Engineer. He gave his reply straightaway on their face. Also, he said that he proved his mettle with both the bat and the wicketkeeping gloves. So, he is proud that he could become an ambassador for India then.
“When I first came into county cricket, there were question marks like ‘he is from India?’ I did face it (racist comments) once or twice when I joined Lancashire. Nothing very personal, but just because I was from India. It had to do with making fun of my accent,” Engineer told The Indian Express.
“I think my English is better than most Englishmen really, so soon they realised that you don’t mess around with Farokh Engineer. They got the message. I gave it back to them straight away. Not only that, I proved myself with my bat and gloves as well. I was simply proud I put India on the map as an ambassador for the country.”
Farokh Engineer is amazed at the Englishmen
In a recent podcast with Cyrus Broacha, Farokh Engineer cited many such instances where Indian cricketers were at the receiving end of the racist remarks from the English crowd and the players. Former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott always sued bad names to refer to the Indians and mocked them by calling them ‘bloody Indians’.
Farokh said that they are bloody Indians to them, but when it comes to the IPL, they don’t fail to lick the back of the Indians. Farokh is surprised that they are licking the boots of Indians just for the money, but he knows what they initially were.
“We were all ‘bloody Indians’ to them till a few years ago. Now once the IPL started, they are all licking our backsides. It amazes me that just because of the money, they are licking our boots now. But people like me know what their true colours were initially. Now they suddenly changed their tunes. India is a good country to go for a few months and do some television work, if not play and make money,” Engineer had said on the podcast.