Paul Adams made his Test debut for South Africa in the year 1995. Then he was the only black player in his team. His career lasted for nine years.
Former South African spinner Paul Adams has opened up about the discrimination he faced on the basis of skin color during his playing days. He has accused his fellow players of calling him brown shit (dung). During the hearing related to Cricket South Africa’s Social Justice and Nation Building, Paul Adams said that people of all races need better education to get respect. Adams made his Test debut for South Africa in 1995. Then he was the only black player in his team. His career lasted for nine years and during this time he was mostly the only black player in his team. Regarding this experience, he said that during this time it was not only fun. He faced racist remarks both inside and outside the team.
He said, ‘I was called cow dung when I was playing. Often when we won matches or were in meetings, a song related to it was sung. He used to sing ‘brown s*** in the ring, tra la la la laa.’ Then my girlfriend asked me why it is called like this. He said that it was not correct. When you play for the country, when you are winning, you don’t think much. You put all these things aside but it is completely racist. Some people will say that all this happened unintentionally and they were not aware of it. But this is what we are for so that we can change things.
‘Bowling action was said to steal car tire covers’
Paul Adams also talked about the media. He said that people related to their race and color were thought of in advance. His bowling action was called criminal. He said, ‘My action was said to be like stealing the cover of the tires of the cars. I found it quite insulting. Was it because I was born in Cape Flats? Are people born here always called gangsters and thieves? I was different when I started playing. My action was different from normal, my music and speaking style was also different.
Paul Adams also said that Pat Simcox got a chance to play more in his place because he was white. It was as if he was suppressing them and keeping them away. They didn’t want any white players to be left behind. So he was fed.
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