The skipper of Pakistan Sarfraz Ahmed is known for his anger on the field. He often loses his control over his words, which has already seen him being in a bowl of soup. Meanwhile, he was yet again in the same scenario, where he even might end up receiving a strict punishment by the International Cricket Council for his comments on Andile Phehlukwayo.
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The second ODI between Pakistan and South Africa took an ugly turn when the skipper of the touring side Sarfraz Ahmed was seen to be racially abusing South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo who played a key role in his side’s victory over their opposition in Kingsmead, Durban.
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The 31-year-old was picked up by the stump mic on January 22, saying: “Hey black [man], where is your mother sitting? What prayer did you get her to say for you today?” (Abay Kaalay, Teri ammi aaj kahan baitheen hain? Kya parhwa ke aya hai aaj tu?), Dawn reported.
This isn’t funny. Its pathetic and racist. https://t.co/J3OeIW4CuR
— Osman Samiuddin (@OsmanSamiuddin) January 22, 2019
Under the ICC’s anti-racism code, which is in place since October 2012, “engaging in any conduct (whether through the use of language, gestures or otherwise) which is likely to offend. insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify any reasonable person in the position of a Player. Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee, Umpire Support Personnel or any other person (including a spectator). on the basis of their race, religion, culture, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin” shall amount to an offence under the code.
Pakistan Cricket Board also released a statement expressing regret over Sarfraz’s comments and asserted that PCB does not support such remarks. PCB was confident that the incident will not affect the spirit with which Pakistan and South Africa have competed so far.
For the same, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed apologised for making racial remarks at South African batsman Andile Phehlukwayo during the second ODI in Durban. Sarfraz added that his words on the field are not intentional.
Coming to the match result, Phehlukwayo’sall-aroundd abilities saw the Proteas win the match by 5 wickets. Besides taking 4/22, he scored an unbeaten 69 and added an unbeaten 127-run stand with Rassie van der Dussen (80) to help his team draw level in the series.