Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain of the Pakistan cricket team, made some loose comments in the second ODI against South Africa, which once translated to English, can be termed as ‘racist’ as well. The comments were directed towards South Africa’s all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, in the 37th over of the match, when the hosts were looking to march onto victory easily.
Of what can be heard on the audio, one can easily say that Sarfraz Ahmed hurled racial slurs towards Phehlukwayo. The Pakistan skipper spoke about the Proteas’ player’s skin colour, and the part of his racial comments was captured on the stump mic. Read South Africa vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI 2019 Match Highlights.
Here’s what Sarfraz Ahmed said to Andile Phehlukwayo in SA vs PAK, 2nd ODI 2019:
Sarfraz to Pehuhlukwayo: "abbay kaale teri Ammi kahan bethi hoyi hain aaj, kya parhwa kay aaya hai aaj." 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/svIlnqGhbf
— Hassan (@iamhassan9) January 22, 2019
The people on the social media, especially Twitter, seemed very angry by the comments made. Here are few of the reactions from the fans on the microblogging site.
Racist Comment... that too by the Captain 👎
Won't be surprised if he gets himself in trouble over this issue @ICC
— Aarohi Shergil (@AarohiShergil) January 22, 2019
2. Below the Belt!
Seeing so many tweets about Sarfaraz. Assumed it was about his poor play. Turned out to be something far worse. Can't believe he made such a racist comment. That was below the belt.
— ST (@shobz) January 22, 2019
3. Racist Again?
That was a racist comment from sarfaraz translated as "heyy blackman where's your mother sitting today at" to @andileluck19
— Pratik (@sire_tushky21) January 22, 2019
There was a lot of chatter around the stump mic in the recently concluded India vs Australia Test Series too. Tim Paine, Rishabh Pant, and Virat Kohli were involved in a lot of banters on the field, but then the line was not crossed even once. However, the comment made by Sarfraz Ahmed is not something which can be taken lightly. The fans on the social media went on the extent of advocating for the ICC to step in and look into the matter!
Speaking about the 2nd ODI, South Africa beat Pakistan by five wickets. After being 80/5 in their reply to Pakistan’s 203, both Andile Phehlukwayo and Rassie van de Dussen stitched an unbeaten partnership of 127 runs, which saw the home team cruise to victory with eight overs left in the match.