Sarfraz Ahmed apologises over racist comment aimed at Andile Phehlukwayo

by Ajit Singh Khanna | Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2019 | 0

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has apologised on social media after receiving flak for racist comments on South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo during the Centurion ODI on Tuesday.

A match-winning partnership between Phehlukwayo and Rassie van der Dussen had perhaps frustrated Sarfraz, who was caught on stump mic saying: “Abey kale, teri ammi kahan baithi hui hain aaj? Kya parhwa ke aaya hai aaj? (Hey black man, where is your mother seated? What have you asked her to pray for you today?)”

Sarfraz, however, took to his official Twitter handle to release a statement, apologising to fans as he claimed his comments were not directed to a particular person.

“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.

“I certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone. I did not even mean for my words to be heard, understood or communicated to the opposing team or the cricket fans.

“I have in the past and will continue in future to appreciate the camaraderie of my fellow cricketers from across the globe and will always respect and honour them on and off the field.”

Meanwhile, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is currently probing the matter, following which Sarfraz could face a certain punishment.

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