South African team forgives Sarfraz for racist comments

Sports Desk

South Africa’s skipper Faf Du Plessis has said that his team has forgiven Sarfraz Ahmed for racist remarks he made during the second ODI on Tuesday in Durban.

“We forgive him because he said sorry,” du Plessis said after South Africa’s training session on Thursday. “He has apologised and taken responsibility for it. It is out of our hands and the ICC will have to deal with it now.”

Sarfraz was caught on the stump mic making racist comments in Urdu about South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo.

“Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?,” he had said, which can be translated in English as: “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What have you asked her to pray for you?”

As per ICC Anti-Racism Code for Participants, any player or support staff will receive a punishment of four to eight suspension points if found guilty of the offence for the first time, which is a suspension of 4 to 8 ODIs or T20Is.

Sarfraz had earlier issued a general apology via Twitter the day after the incident, claiming that his comments were, “not directed towards anyone in particular.”

He said: “My words were not directed towards anyone in particular and I certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone.”

Du plessis said, “When you come to South Africa, you have to be very careful when you make racial comments.” He also said that he is sure that Sarfraz didn’t mean it like that but he has taken responsibility and we will have to see what the outcome of that is going to be.

He also said that Andy Phehlukwayo has made no comment on the incident as he didn’t understand them and did not feel they were directed at him.

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