Pakistani captain Sarfaraz Ahmed banned for four matches for racist rant

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The ICC has handed over a four-match suspension to Pakistani cricket captain Sarfaraz Ahmed for racist comments targeting South African player Andile Phehlukwayo during 2nd ODI against South Africa on Tuesday.

Sarfaraz Ahmed

Ahmed was punished after he accepted to be in breach of ICC’s Anti-Racism Code for Participants following the last week’s shameful incident.

Faced with international outrage, Sarfaraz had issued a public apology on Twitter. His apology had read, “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. My words were not directed towards anyone in particular and  I certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone.”

During the match, Sarfaraz was caught hurling racist abuse at Andile Phehlukwayo on on the broadcast stump mics after the latter survived several attempts by Pakistanis to have him out. he was heard saying in Urdu, “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj? (Oh black, where is your mother sitting today? What prayer have you offered today?)”

The commentator was heard asking Ramiz Raza to translate Sarfaraz’s rant, but the former Pakistani batting great had brushed it off by saying, “Difficult really to translate. It’s a big long sentence.”

South African captain Faf du Plessis had said that his team had forgiven Sarfaraz but it was up to the ICC to act since the issue had gone beyond their control.

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