Pakistani team’s captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed, is in hot water following his racist comments against South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during the second innings of the second ODI on Tuesday.
The comments were caught on the stump mics in the 37th over as the South African batsman inside-edged a ball to deep fine leg. He taunted, saying:
‘Abay kaalay! teri ammi aaj kahan baithee hain? Kya parhwa kay aya hai aaj?’
The commentator Mike Haysman asked Ramiz Raja about what Sarfaraz was saying. Ramiz chuckles, saying:
‘Difficult really to translate that. It’s a big long sentence’.
Sarfaraz Ahmed to Andile Phehlukwayo:
"abbay kaale teri Ami kahan bethi hoyi hain aaj, kya parhwa kay aya hai aaj"
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) January 22, 2019
The racist remarks do not bode well for Sarfaraz as he risks being penalized under the International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-racism code or code of conduct for player behavior, depending on the match officials.
The Anti-racism code defines an offense 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 all-rounder was later crowned man of the match for his brilliant all-round performance, including his career-best 4/22 and 69* to steer his team home in an enthralling low-scoring clash.
Former Pakistani test cricketer, Shoaib Akhtar has called Sarfaraz’s behavior totally unacceptable, asking him to apologize to the all-rounder and explain himself to the media and public.
Sarfraz must explain himself to Media & public regarding his comments to batsman.. pic.twitter.com/Ocx74ry4IW
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) January 23, 2019
The Twitterati are having a field day, bashing the captain for his unacceptable remarks. Let’s have a look at what people are saying over the microblogging platform.
Here's what Sarfraz was heard saying to Phehlukwayo in yesterday's #SAvPAK ODI.
Not only racist, but also just a crap sledge. pic.twitter.com/krAbfjWQee
— Dennis Kohli (@DennisCricket_) January 22, 2019
Just like most desi’s Sarfaraz probably doesn’t even think calling someone “kalay” is racist, still unacceptable & deserves some sort of punishment.
— Osama. (@ashaqeens) January 22, 2019
I am all for banter, confrontations etc, but racism is unacceptable. There is a need to educate players, fans about this.
— Rehan Ulhaq (@Rehan_ulhaq) January 22, 2019
Sarfaraz deserves a ban for what he told Andile Phehlukwayo, but one sees this kind of racist muck every day on the streets of this subcontinent. India, Pakistan everywhere.
Wonder what makes us, largely and beautifully dark-skinned people, loathe dark skin so much.
— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) January 22, 2019
Desi folks casually using “kaala” in their day to day lives doesn’t make it right. Sarfaraz & everyone else who thinks calling ppl with darker skin “kaala” is okay is a RACIST. Instead of giving these lame excuses,pls try to improve your overall behavior!🙄 #CasualRacism #PAKvSA
— MK (@chokwangun) January 23, 2019
Dont know what is dumber, Sarfaraz braindead racist jibe or people justifying lack of understanding on race,culture coz of little or no education,
law 101 – ignorance of law is no excuse, he is a national captain for goodness sake, ban and captaincy on the line
— rossirossco (@rossirossco) January 22, 2019
A blessing in disguise?
— Mr. A 🏏 (@cricdrugs) January 23, 2019
Others are defending Sarfaraz in a hilarious manner.
Sarfaraz didn't mean to be racist when he said KAALAY.
Bhai wo kudh konsa Faiza Beauty Cream k ad mein aata hai?#PAKvSA
— SYED ASIF SHAH (@SYEDASIFSHAHPTI) January 23, 2019
Sarfaraz is NOT a racist, he didn't mean anything when he said KAALAY.
Its just hard to pronounce PHEHLUKWAYO.#PAKvSA
— Taimoor Hassan (@TaimoorHassan12) January 23, 2019
This #SarfarazAhmed racist slur has freshen up the memory of Symonds and Monkey Gate.
Indians back then were defending Harbhajan
Pakistani are doing the same with Sarfaraz.
Be it Indian or Pakistani we all are racist to the extreme.
— Asit Ranjan Panigrahi (@funny_attorney) January 23, 2019
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