South Africa beat Pakistan in the second one-day international on Tuesday in Durban to level their five-match series as unbeaten half-centuries from Rassie van der Dussen and Andile Phehlukwayo guided the hosts to a five-wicket victory.
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?”
Sarfraz pleads guilty before match referee;
The Pakistan cricket team’s skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has pleaded guilty in a meeting with match referee Ranjan Madugalle here on Wednesday, according to a report aired on Geo News.
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.
The ICC will announce its decision in a few hours after consulting with the match referee and umpires.
However, Sarfraz said that his comments were stated in frustration and did not relate to racism.
Sarfraz Ahmed’s these comments which seemed to be a racist comment against Andile Phehlukwayo could land him in serious trouble.
Such conduct is prohibited under the ICC’s Anti-Racism Code and must be dealt with according to the procedures set out therein.
Under ICC’s anti-racism code, Sarfraz can get a maximum of 8 suspension points apparently since it would be his first such offence.
Any disciplinary action will be taken by the match officials. Potentially, if action is to be taken, it will be up to the match officials to decide whether they view Sarfraz’s comments under the ICC code of conduct for player behaviour or the ICC’s anti-racism code.
Article 2.13 of the regular code covers the use of insulting or obscene and offensive language used by players against another in the regular code of conduct. But it says: “This offence is not intended to cover any use of language that is likely to offend another person on the basis of their race, religion, gender, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin.
The ICC’s ‘Anti-Racism Code for Participants‘ describes the offence as “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”.
If determined to be an offence, “an appropriate sanction” can be imposed on the Pakistan captain and the punishment may vary as per the number of past instances of committing the offence.
However, there is a “mandatory requirement to undergo a programme of education/counselling designed to promote the understanding and awareness of issues directly relevant to the offence that the Participant has been determined to have committed”.