A racist fan alleges Tabraiz Shamsi got selected for South Africa due to his colour; cricketer gives a befitting reply

A racist fan alleges Tabraiz Shamsi got selected for South Africa due to his colour; cricketer gives a befitting reply

Shamsi won the Man of the Match for his 4/27 in the first T20I against Ireland.

Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi. (Photo by RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

South Africa spinner Tabraiz Shamsi is probably going through the best of forms in international cricket. After impressing on the West Indies tour in the T20Is, he has continued his good run against Ireland as well. He picked up five wickets in three ODIs and then followed it up with a match-winning four-fer in the opening T20I against the home team.

Deservedly, he won the Man of the Match for his efforts with the ball and Shamsi, elated over his performance, dedicated his figures of 4/27 to his son. He took to Twitter to express himself and stated to his son that his father always wants to make him proud.

“This one was for you my son… Daddy just wants to make you proud,” he wrote in this tweet. However, one of the fans responded to the tweet saying that Shamsi should tell his son that his father only got selected in the team based on his ethnicity and not talent. For the unversed, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has set a rule that six players from the playing XI should always be non-white with two of those being of African ethnicity.

“One Day Tell Ur Son The Story That I Got Selected In @OfficialCSA ahead of @Simon_Harmer_ owing to my skin colour. He will feel doubly proud,” the fans wrote in his tweet.

Shamsi gives a perfect reply

Racism attacks on cricketers are not new these days and Tabraiz Shamsi had all the right to get angry. But the gentleman cricketer handled the situation well and instead, came up with a brilliant reply while also not berating Simon Harmer calling him a very good bowler.

“Dont you worry…my son will know his dad played for South Africa because he was good enough to play for his country! Through his hard work n his dedication to do his job honestly & as best as he could do it every single day (Simon is an exceptional bowler btw),” Shamsi’s reply read.

Meanwhile, Tabraiz Shamsi will be keen on focussing on his performance on the field. The second T20I is set to be played on July 22 against Ireland and he would love to put up another match-winning show for his team.