Former Pakistan Cricket team speedster Shoaib Akhtar has slammed current skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed for his racist remarks during the second ODI against South Africa at Durban. Sarfaraz made the comments towards all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, who bagged the man of the match award in the game for his brilliant effort with both bat and ball. Moreover, South Africa won the match by five wickets to level the five-match series at 1-1.
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The incident took place during the 37th over of the game as the Proteas was chasing the target. Sarfaraz made controversial remarks when Phehlukwayo completed a run.
“Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj (Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What have you got her to say for you today)?” Sarfraz said during the match.
However, ICC is yet to come out with a verdict on the same. If found guilty of racism, Sarfaraz Ahamed is likely to face a ban under the ICC code of conduct for player behaviour or the ICC’s anti-racism code. Depending on what the code violation turns out to be, the offence can be reported anywhere between 48 hours to seven days.
Shoaib Akhtar slams Sarfaraz
The fiery fast bowler, who has been in the midst of controversies, has criticised Sarfaraz Ahmed for his remarks. Akhtar said that this kind of comments has no place in the game of cricket and everybody should condemn it.
“What I have heard is not acceptable at all. Very Sad news for me. The comments I heard from the captain, certain racist comments, I strongly condemn them,” Akhtar said.
“He may have said it in heat of the moment. He should not have said it. He should publicly apologise for what he said to this guy,” Akhtar added.
Meanwhile, Sarfaraz Ahmed issued an apology through social media platform, Twitter. He said that his comments were not directed towards anybody and he didn’t mean to hurt anyone. He also stated that he holds high respects for his colleagues and will continue to do so.