Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed apologised for the racist comments he made against Andile Phelukwayo during the 2nd ODI against South Africa. From behind the stumps, the Pakistan skipper was heard referring to Andile Phehlukwayo as ‘Kaale’ (meaning black). “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” Sarfaraz Ahmed was caught saying as he came near the stumps to collect a ball. (Translates to: “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?”).
The Pakistan skipper tendered an apology in three parts. His first post was,”1/2 – I wish to extend my sincere apologies to any person who may have taken offence from my expression of frustration which was unfortunately caught by the stump mic during yesterday’s game against SA. My words were not directed towards anyone in particular and…”
His second tweet read, “2/3 – I certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone. I did not even mean for my words to be heard, understood or communicated to the opposing team or the cricket fans. I have in the past and will continue in future to appreciate the camaraderie of my fellow cricketers from…”
Ans he finally capped it off with, “3/3 – …across the globe and will always respect and honour them on and off the field.”
Meanwhile, South Africa won the match by five wickets as Phelukwayo bagged the Man of the match for his splendid show with the ball and the bat. He picked up a four-wicket haul apart from scoring 65* runs.