Sarfaraz Ahmed personally apologises to Andile Phehlukwayo for making racial remarks
Will ICC take any action now?
Updated - Jan 25, 2019 4:21 pm
Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed put himself in the troubled waters by making the racial comments against Andile Phehlukwayo during the second ODI against South Africa in Durban. He had called him ‘Black’ during the 37th over of the second innings when the Proteas were running away with the game. After the match, the video of the same went viral and even the ICC took note of the same with Sarfaraz also issuing the apology statement saying that he didn’t intend to hurt anyone.
The investigation is still going on in the matter. Meanwhile, ahead of the third ODI, Sarfaraz Ahmed showed big heart to apologise Phehlukwayo personally and also shook hands with him. The South African was also gracious to forgive him as the matter looks to have shut down as far as the teams are concerned. Sarfaraz informed the same to his followers and once again apologised to the South African public.
Here’s the tweet:
This morning I apologised to Andile Phehlukwayo and he was gracious enough to accept my apology .and I hope the people of South Africa also accept my apology. pic.twitter.com/bco00dGumR
— Sarfaraz Ahmed (@SarfarazA_54) January 25, 2019
Faf du Plessis’ suggestion to Sarfaraz
Meanwhile, the South African captain Faf du Plessis had clearly said that they have forgiven Sarfaraz Ahmed for his comments as he apologised and took responsibility for it. But he also clarified that they don’t take such things lightly and one has to be careful while making racist comments, especially in South Africa.
“This is not something that we take lightly as a team‚ but the fact that Sarfaraz apologised straight away means there is regret from his part. When you come to South Africa‚ you have to be very careful when you go to racial comments. We forgive Sarfaraz because he said sorry. He has apologised and taken responsibility for it‚ it is out of our hands and ICC will have to deal with it now,” Faf said in the pre-match press conference when asked about the incident.
It will be interesting to see now what step will ICC take on the matter as the Pakistan skipper has definitely breached the code of conduct.