PAK v SA 2018-19

Sarfraz’s on-field comments towards Phehlukwayo can land him in big trouble

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?”

Commentator Mike Haysman asked his fellow commentator Ramiz Raja, “What’s he saying there Ramiz?”

“It’s a big long sentence. Difficult really to translate that,” Ramiz replied.

Sarfraz Ahmed’s these comments which seemed to be a racist comment against Andile Phehlukwayo could land him in serious trouble after he was caught on the broadcast stump mics.

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.

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The young all-rounder proves a point in spearheading a difficult but rewarding victory over Pakistan in Durban.

Andile Phehlukwayo won a significant battle in the war for the Proteas’ all-rounder spot for the World Cup by brilliantly spearheading his side’s five-wicket victory in the second ODI against Pakistan in Durban on Tuesday night.

Andile Phehlukwayo of South Africa bats during the 2nd One Day International Cricket match between South Africa and Pakistan held at the Kingsmead Cricket Stadium in Durban on January 22, 2019. (Photo by Anesh DEBIKY / AFP)

The 22-year-old, considered more of a bowling all-rounder at international level at the moment, did his best to shed that label as he starred with both bat and ball, achieving career-bests in both disciplines.

First, on his home ground’s slow surface, he snapped up 4/22 in 9.5 very economical overs in restricting restricting Pakistan to 203 all out. Phehlukwayo’s pace was ideally suited to the conditions, yet it was his clever use of varied lengths that made him successful.

Later on, he stroked his way to a muscular and crucial unbeaten 69 off 80 deliveries. The left-hander rode his luck at times and was also dropped on 50 though that won’t matter in the aftermath.

There were some superb shots, notably a crunching drive for four and two sixes off Mohammad Hafeez’s sixth over. Thanks to his heroics, South Africa levelled the series at one-all.



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