Pakistan’s cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has apologized to South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo in person following his on-the-field comments, understood to be a racial slur.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was forgiven by South Africa’s allrounder CE Andile Lucky Phehlukwayo for his on-field racist taunt during the second ODI in Durban.
Sarfaraz posted a photo of him shaking hands with South African cricketer at an undisclosed venue in presence of team managers, Talat Ali from Pakistan and Mohammad Moosajee from South Africa.
“This morning I apologized to Andile Phehlukwayo and he was gracious enough to accept my apology .and I hope the people of South Africa also accept my apology,” Sarfaraz Ahmed wrote in his tweet along with the photo.
This morning I apologised to Andile Phehlukwayo and he was gracious enough to accept my apology .and I hope the people of South Africa also accept my apology. pic.twitter.com/bco00dGumR
— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 25, 2019
The development further clears the way for Pakistan skipper to settle the dispute through conciliation under the International Cricket Council (ICC) and avoid being formally charged for breach of the code of conduct.
Under clause 4.3.1 of ICC’s anti-racism code, a case — if ICC and both the players express consent — can be settled through conciliation without anyone facing disciplinary action.
Apart from all this there was a question that who played a vital role in resolving matters between Sarfaraz and Phehlukwayo?
According to sources there were some people behind the rapprochement between the two sides.
South African cricketers Hashmi Amla, Imran Tahir along with Pakistan’s Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq played a role in resolving matters between Sarfaraz Ahmed and Andile Phehlukwayo, a Pakistani news channel claimed on Saturday.
It was Pakistan’s chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq who made efforts to convince Phehlukwayo, his captain du Plessis and other South African players to accept Sarfraz’s apology.
South African players Hashim Amla and Imran Tahir played a vital role in arranging a meeting between Sarfraz and Phehlukwayo.
Earlier, On Wednesday, the wicket-keeper batsman had commented on the matter in a series of tweets;
“I wish to extend my sincere apologies to any person who may have taken offence from my expression of frustration which was unfortunately caught by the stump mic during yesterday’s game against SA,” Sarfraz tweeted on Wednesday.
“My words were not directed towards anyone in particular and certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone. I did not even mean for my words to be heard, understood or communicated to the opposing team or the cricket fans.
“I have in the past and will continue in future to appreciate the camaraderie of my fellow cricketers from across the globe and will always respect and honour them on and off the field.” he had added after being caught making the unwanted racial comment on South African player during the 2nd ODI between two teams.
What’s the story?
Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, made some loose comments in the second ODI against South Africa, which once translated to English, can be termed as ‘racist’ as well.
The comment, allegedly directed at Andile Phehlukwayo, was caught by stump mic during South Africa’s batting.
It was 37th over of South Africa’s inning and Shaheen Shah Afridi was bowling. Phehlukwayo inside-edged an Afridi’s delivery to deep fine leg for a single and as he ran off to the non-striker’s end, Sarfraz was caught clearly on the stump mics saying, in Urdu: “Abay kaaly, teri ammi aaj kahaan bethi hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?”.
Translation (in English): “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?”