- South African cricketing legend Makhaya Ntini has opened up about his 'racist experiences' during his playing career with the Proteas team
- Ntini revealed that while representing the national team, his own teammates often excluded him off the field
- The former fast bowler also expressed his dissatisfaction with the mediocre send-off he received when he announced his retirement
Former Proteas fast bowler Makhaya Ntini is known for his jovial and fun-loving persona on and off the field of play.
These days, Ntini often commentates on the game and his enthusiasm and sense of humour is loved by many.
Ntini's recent revelations were all the more shocking, as he detailed the 'racist experiences' he faced while representing the national team.
One would be forgiven for thinking that the story may revolve around politics involving the administrators, but Ntini revealed that his own teammates excluded him.
In an interview with the SABC, Ntini opened up about his ordeal: “I was forever lonely at the time. Nobody knocked on my door to go for dinner. Teammates used to make plans right in front of me, skipping me out. When walking into the breakfast room, nobody came to sit with me. We wear the same uniform and sing the same national anthem, but I had to overcome."
Some of the videos from the interview can be viewed in the below tweets.
Ntini went on to explain that his popular ritual actually stemmed from the racist behaviour.
He added, “I used to see the driver of the team bus, give him my bag, and then I would run to the cricket ground. I did the same thing on the way back, I just ran back instead. People never understood why I did that, I never told them what I was trying to avoid. It became my best thing, I didn’t have to face any of it.”
Briefly.co.za previously reported that Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi recently called on the team to unite and show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
In response, former cricketers Rudi Steyn, Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar heavily criticised Ngidi and highlighted the number of farm murders this year.
South Africans took to social media to rally behind Ngidi and disagreed with the sentiments of the ex-Proteas.
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