Shaheen Afridi, on Friday, took his maiden five-wicket haul to lead Pakistan’s fightback after Sri Lanka gained a crucial lead in the ongoing second Test in Karachi. The left-arm pacer picked up 5 wickets for 77 runs and was ably supported by new-ball partner Mohammad Abbas (4-55) as Pakistan bowled out the visitors for 271.
Earlier in the match, Pakistan were all out for just 191 on a tricky pitch. By the close of second day’s play Pakistan had wiped off 57 of the deficit for no loss. Opener Abid Ali, who became the first batsman ever to hit a debut hundred in both Test and one-day international in the first match in Rawalpindi, was unbeaten on 32 and Shan Masood on 21 not out.
Shaheen Afridi, nonetheless, can land in hot water for his controversial comments aimed towards a journalist. The young pacer was addressing the media after the end of day’s play on Friday when he made the shocking comment. When the journalist asked Shaheen Afridi a question, the pacer told him:
“Please throw some light on yourself so that I can see you clearly”.
And while the others including the cricketer started laughing, the journalist was not at all impressed and understandably so. He later released a video, demanding a public apology from the bowler for the comment he deemed racist. The journalist also warned Shaheen Afridi that he would drag him to court if he does not issue an apology.
Here is the video:
When a journalist asked Shaheen Afridi a question, the SO CALLED SUPERSTAR Shaheen Afridi passed a racist comment on that journalist by saying him that, “Please throw some light on yourself so that i may see you clearly”.
HIGHLY CONDEMNABLE!!! pic.twitter.com/PrEaRsRGYg
— Sunny ⭐️ (@Its_SuNnYzzZ_77) December 20, 2019
Previous racism incident:
This is not the first time any Pakistani cricketer has landed in trouble for racist comment. Earlier this year, ex-Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was banned by the ICC for his on-field remarks to South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo.
Sarfraz was caught saying, in Urdu: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” which literally translates to: “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?”
He had later issued an apology to the allrounder but was banned by the ICC for four matches.