Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has been suspended for four matches after accepting that he was in breach of the ICC’s anti-racism code for his remarks against South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo, cricket’s governing body said in a statement on Sunday.
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?”
Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed was criticised by Legendary fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar.
Akhtar said Sarfaraz Ahmed had gotten off easy. Akhtar had also been critical of Sarfaraz when the incident had taken place. “This [Sarafaz incident] is not acceptable as a Pakistani. In my opinion he [Sarfaraz] did this in the heat of the moment. I think he should apologize publically.”
Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed has termed criticism by former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar following his suspension as a personal attack.
Ahmed spoke with reporters following his return from South Africa after he was suspended for four matches by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for breaching the anti-racism code for his remarks against South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo.
“He [Shoaib Akhtar] is attacking me personally not criticising,” Sarafaz told reporters at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi.
“I accepted my mistake and received the punishment. I want to thank PCB for handling this case and fulfilling requirements,” he added.
“I will improve myself and my performance in the future and I thank my supporters for their backing.”
After returning home, Sarfaraz Ahmed came up with an emotional tweet and lashed out at his critics.
In his tweet, the wicketkeeper-batsman shared the video of a child sharing some life lessons.
“This is true, this is the fact, this is the world,” wrote Sarfaraz Ahmed in the caption written in Urdu.
جو سچ ہے. جو حقیقت ہے.. یہی دنیا ہے pic.twitter.com/a9InsoQgaF
— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 29, 2019
Translation of what the boy said:
Look for the positives in you, people are there to highlight your weaknesses. If you want to land your foot, put it in the forward direction. People are always waiting to pull you back.
Aspire for big dreams, there are people waiting to show you the worst scenarios. Light up the fire within you, people are also there to get jealous as well. Make memories, there are people who are always there to create rumours and false talks.
If you want to love, love yourself. There are enough people who look to make you their enemies.
Following Sarfaraz’s suspension, Shoaib Malik assumed responsibilities of captain. Under Malik, the team won the fourth ODI against Sri Lanka with the fifth scheduled for Wednesday.
Asked about PCB’s decision to recall Malik, Sarfraz said: “I don’t see anything in it as I was playing cricket for the last five months. I will rest and then play Pakistan Super League,”, referring to the league starting in the United Arab Emirates from February 14.