Sarfraz Ahmed says sorry to Phehlukwayo as Pakistan bat first against Proteas

Tanya Simon
January 26, 2019

Pakistan had started the series with a bang when they beat South Africa in the first ODI at St George's Park, but the hosts bounced right back in the next game, which was played in Durban.

Earlier, the Pakistan captain, has issued a apology on Twitter for his on-field taunt during the second ODI on Tuesday.

Soon after that, South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said that his team has forgiven Sarfraz Ahmed for remarks.

Sarfraz also took to social media to apologise for his actions. "It is out of our hands and ICC will have to deal with it now".

During the match, Sarfaraz was caught hurling racist abuse at Andile Phehlukwayo on on the broadcast stump mics after the latter survived several attempts by Pakistanis to have him out. he was heard saying in Urdu, "Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain?"

It all happened on the third ball of the 37th over when Phehlukwayo inside-edged a Shaheen Shah Afridi delivery towards the fine-leg region. "Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?" He then hit a career-best 69 not out with the bat to lead South Africa to 207-5 in 42 overs and victory after the home team was in deep trouble at 80-5 in its chase.

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But the Pakistan Cricket Board rebuked Sarfraz in a statement and said it had a "zero-tolerance approach towards racist comments made in whatever context".

"This incident has also highlighted the importance and significance of player education and training at all levels".

"Sarfaraz is one of the most respected cricketers in the world".

"Captaining Pakistan is a massive honour and any hurtful remarks by any cricketer, let alone the captain, are not acceptable to the PCB".

Notably, the South Africa all-rounder enjoyed a lot of luck as Pakistan had handed him a reprieve only in the previous over via a dropped catch.

Reeza Handricks brilliant knock was enough for South Africa to register seven-run win on Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method against Pakistan in the rain-affected third ODI of the five-match series in Centurion on Friday.

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