Sarfraz Ahmed meets Andile Phehlukwayo and apologizes for racially abusing him

Sarfraz Ahmed meets Andile Phehlukwayo and apologizes for racially abusing him

HIGHLIGHTS

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed met South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo on Friday and personally apologized to him after racially abusing him earlier this week during the second ODI between the two countries at Durban. The Pakistani had already allegedly apologized to the all-rounder earlier but met him today and it is to be believed that Phehlukayo accepted the apology.

“This morning I apologized to Andile Phehlukwayo and he was gracious enough to accept my apology. And I hope the people of South Africa also accept my apology,” Sarfraz tweeted.

South Africa’s captain Faf du Plessis also accepted Sarfraz’s apology and stated that the matter was now in the International Cricket Council’s hands.

“We forgive him because he said sorry. He has apologized and taken responsibility for it. It is out of our hands and ICC will have to deal with it now.”

Sarfraz’s comments had been widely criticized on social media, with former fast bowler from the country Shoaib Akhtar, in particular, condemning the words and asking him to apologize.

In the particular game, Sarfraz, who has often been caught in a soup for his comments on the field, was getting frustrated after Phehlukwayo and opener Rassie van der Dussen were stitching together a crucial stand for the sixth-wicket after Pakistan had reduced South Africa to 80 for 5 in a run chase of 204.

In the 37th over, Sarfraz was heard on the stump mic as saying, “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” [Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What (prayer) have you got her to say for you today?]”

The comment came as Phehlukwayo had inside-edged a delivery by Shaheen Afridi to deep fine leg.

The PCB had earlier released a statement expressing regret over the comments, emphatically stating that the Board did not endorse such remarks.

“The PCB expresses regret over the remark made by their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and picked up by the stump mic during the second ODI against South Africa in Durban. The PCB neither endorses nor supports any comments that have the potential to cause offence, and firmly reiterates their zero-tolerance approach towards racist comments made; in whatever context.”

“This incident has also highlighted the importance and significance of player education and training at all levels. The PCB endeavors to improve their player education programmes to ensure these types of incidents do not happen again.”

“Sarfaraz is one of the most respected cricketers in the world. However, captaining Pakistan is a massive honour and any hurtful remarks by any cricketer, let alone the captain, are not acceptable to the PCB.”

“The PCB is confident that this incident will not affect the series, which has been played in great spirit with some excellent performances from both side. The PCB is also hopeful that the crowds will continue to turn up in big numbers for the remaining matches to support cricket,” PCB had said in a statement.

All about the controversial remark made by Sarfraz Ahmed

All about the controversial remark made by Sarfraz Ahmed

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed directed racist taunts at Andile Phehlukwayo during the 2nd ODI.

  • The racist comments were caught on the stumps mic and can put Sarfraz in trouble. 

  • Sarfraz Ahmed later took to Twitter in order to apologize for his comment. 


A racist comment made my Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has opened gates to a huge controversy. An inappropriate taunt directed toward South African pacer Andile Phehlukwayo was caught on the stumps mic. A general outrage broke off immediately all over social media. At first, the South Africans were not sure about the nature of the comment as it was said in Hindi. Ramiz Raja in the commentary box tried to avoid the topic when inquired by his fellow commentator.

The Incident

Pakistan were restricted to a total of 203/10 in the first innings of the 2nd ODI in Durban. Phehlukwayo who had taken four wickets, also formed a strong 6th-wicket partnership with Rassie van der Dussen since the 5th wicket had fallen in the 15th over. During the 37th over of South Africa’s chase, Phehlukwayo edged to deep fine leg for a single. He was on 50 at the time and while he was running towards the non-striker’s end, Sarfraz was caught on the stump mics saying, in Urdu:

Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baithi hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” Translation in English: “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] are you making her say for you today?”

Meanwhile, in the commentary box, Mike Haysman asked Ramiz Raja,

“What’s he saying there Ramiz?”

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

What Followed?

Cricket South Africa followed by the PCB made their official statements. South Africa’s team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed that the ICC had taken note of the incident.

“The ICC and the match officials have noted the alleged incident,” Moosajee said. “They have started the necessary procedures to investigate the matter. We can only comment once we have received the results of the investigation. Any further clarification/updates have to go through the ICC.”

The statement issued by the PCB stated – 

“The PCB expresses regret over the remark made by their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and picked up by the stump mic during the second ODI against South Africa in Durban. The PCB neither endorses nor supports any comments that have the potential to cause offense, and firmly reiterates their zero-tolerance approach towards racist comments made; in whatever context.”

Sarfraz’s Apology on Twitter

Sarfraz Ahmed later took to Twitter in order to apologize for his comment, on Wednesday. He voiced his apology in three tweets back to back: