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Sarfraz Ahmed Stirs Controversy After Racist Comments Against Andile Phehlukwayo

Tanuja Saikhom | 23 days ago

Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfraz Ahmed found himself in the center of controversy after he allegedly made racist comments against South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo. 

The stump microphone caught Sarfraz sledging during the 37th over of the second innings in the second ODI in Durban on Tuesday. 

Phehlukwayo was batting on 50 when he inside edged a delivery from Shaheen Afridi to the deep fine leg region and ran to the non-striker’s end for a single.

In a recorded audio surface on social media, the 31-year-old wicketkeeper was heard calling the African batsman “black guy” and asked “where was his mother”.

“Abey Kaaley, Teri Ammi aaj kaha baithi huyeen hain, Hain??? Kya parhwa ke aya hai aaj tu?” Sarfraz can be heard saying in Urdu.

The sledge when it is translated, it means – “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What she has prayed for your luck today?”

In the commentary box, Mike Haysman when asked his fellow commentator Ramiz Raja what Sarfraz was saying there, the former Pakistan cricketer replied that the comment was a long sentence and difficult to translate.

Condemning the incident, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar took to Twitter and asked Sarfraz to apologize for his racist comment.

So far, the International Cricket Council has not yet made any comment relating to the incident.

According to the "ICC Anti-Racism Policy for International Cricket- 1 October 2012", The ICC and all of its Members should "not at any time offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage, vilify or unlawfully discriminate between persons based on their race, religion, culture, color, descent, and/or national or ethnic origin (inappropriate racist conduct)."

South Africa beat the visitors by five wickets in the second ODI to level their five-match series 1-1. Unbeaten half-centuries from Rassie van der Dussen (80) and Andile Phehlukwayo (69) guided the team to reach the target of 204 in 42 overs.