A seemingly racial comment by Pakistan’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed during the team’s second ODI against South Africa has landed the wicket-keeper batsman in possible trouble.
According to Green Team’s source,The International Cricket Council (ICC) has finalized the verdict on Sarfraz’s racist comments towards Phehlukwayo and it will be announced in few hours.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) was reported on an alleged offence of anti-racism-code by Pakistan’s captain Sarfaraz Ahmed during Pakistan’s second ODI against South Africa.
An official of ICC confirmed that the world governing body of cricket has received an official report from its match referee appointed for the match, Ranjan Madugalle.
“The ICC has this afternoon received a report from the match referee and we are considering it,” the spokesman told geo.tv without sharing further details of the report.
It is expected that the legal team of ICC is now considering all elements of the report, including the video footage of the event in which Sarfaraz Ahmed was caught by stump microphone making racial remarks on South African Andile Phehlukwayo.
Earlier, The Pakistan cricket team’s skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has pleaded guilty in a meeting with match referee Ranjan Madugalle here on Wednesdays.
He was summoned by the referee after the Pakistan captain passed inappropriate comments on Andile Phehlukwayo during the second One-day International against South Africa on Tuesday.
Sarfaraz & Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle has one on one meeting in hotel regarding this issue & after discussion with Sarfaraz he has sent the Final report to ICC.
However, Sarfraz said that his comments were stated in frustration and did not relate to racism.
Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on Wednesday extended apology over his uncalled-for racist remarks in the second one-day international against South Africa in Durban.
In a series of tweets, the skipper said: “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.”
The Pakistan captain said that his words were not directed towards anyone in particular.
“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 stated.
ICC rules allow Sarfaraz to avoid suspension in racism case;
As Cricket South Africa has forgiven Sarfraz Ahmed, In that case ICC’s anti-racism code for participants allows the accused player/official to reach conciliation without facing any harsh penalty.
Clause 4.3 of ICC’s anti-racism code says that if ICC consents to the matter being resolved by a process of conciliation then the process can be initiated without the player (Sarfaraz Ahmed in this case) facing any formal disciplinary action.
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has said his team has forgiven Sarfraz Ahmed for his racially charged on-field taunt during the second ODI in Durban on Tuesday.
“We forgive him because he said sorry,” du Plessis said after South Africa’s training session on Thursday.
“He has apologised and taken responsibility for it. It is out of our hands and ICC will have to deal with it now.”
“When you come to South Africa, you have to be very careful when you make racial comments,” du Plessis said.
I am sure he didn’t mean it like that but he has taken responsibility and we will have to see what the outcome of that is going to be. This is not something that we take lightly as a team, but the fact that he apologised straight away means there is regret on his part.
“We’re not taking it lightly, but that fact that there was an immediate apology shows there is regret. We can forgive but that doesn’t mean we brush it under the table.”
How much suspension Sarfraz could face?
Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed could face suspension for three to five games in light of his recent remarks taunting South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo during the second one-day international in Durban.
If Sarfraz is suspended, veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik is expected to the lead the team in the remainder of the series.
If any action is taken by the International Cricket Council (ICC), it will be under the ICC code of conduct for player behaviour or the ICC’s anti-racism code.