Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed could face serious punishment after he was caught on the stump mics making an inappropriate racist comment against South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo.
The incident happened in the 37th over of South African innings in the second ODI at Kingsmead. Phehlukwayo inside-edged the third delivery of the over to deep fine leg for a single. As he ran off to the non-striker's end, Sarfraz was heard on the stump mics saying: "Abey
This literally translates to: "Hey black guy, where's your mother sitting today? What prayer did you ask her to say for you today?"
Immediately after Sarfraz' comment, commentator Mike Haysman asked Ramiz Raja: "What's he saying there, Ramiz?"
"Difficult really to translate that," Ramiz replied. "It's a big long sentence."
Phehlukwayo had a few fortunate moments throughout his match-winning knock of 69*. He successfully reviewed an lbw decision when he was on seven, before being dropped by Shadab at the point at later stages.
In the post-match presentation, Phehlukwayo, the player of the match, seemed relaxed about having been the target of several comments by Pakistan players. "It was good
A potential disciplinary action can be taken by the match officials, who can review and declare whether Sarfraz’ remarks violated the ICC's Code of Conduct or the Anti-Racism Code.
Article 2.13 of the regular code says, "Such conduct is prohibited under the ICC's Anti-Racism Code and must be dealt with according to the procedures set out therein." In the Anti-Racism code, an offence is described as "any conduct (whether through the use of language, gestures or otherwise) which is likely to offend, insult, humiliate, intimidate, threaten, disparage or vilify any reasonable person in the position of a Player, Player Support Personnel, Umpire, Match Referee, Umpire Support Personnel or any other person (including a spectator) on the basis of their race, religion, culture, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin."
"The ICC and the match officials have noted the alleged incident. They have started the necessary procedures to investigate the matter. We can only comment once we have received the results of the investigation." - Proteas team manager, Dr Moosajee, on the Sarfraz incident— Kass Naidoo (@KassNaidoo) January 23, 2019
Sarfraz must explain himself to Media & public regarding his comments to batsman.. pic.twitter.com/Ocx74ry4IW— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 23, 2019
One of the most tiresome defenses when someone uses a racial slur is that 'oh but he's not racist'. That's OK, he doesn't have to be.— Ahmer Naqvi (@karachikhatmal) January 22, 2019
Using that term isn't acceptable, and this is a learning opportunity. This is not an eternal indictment of his character.