South Africa vs Pakistan 2nd ODI: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed could find himself in a thick soup for making racist comments on South African batsman Andile Phehlukwayo during the 2nd ODI. It was Phehlukwayo who made all the difference in the match to help the Proteas win by five wickets. He picked up a four-wicket haul apart from remaining unbeaten on 69. This is not the first time Sarfraz has got vocal behind the stumps, he does it very often. But, his comments against the South African could see him get in huge trouble. 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?”).
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As per the ICC anti-racism code, a player can be found guilty of racist comment when, “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.”
Mike Haysman, who was on-air in the commentary box with Ramiz Raja was asked by the former about what was being said. The former Pakistani cricketer was clever enough to duck the question as he knew the ramifications could be stern. Pakistan was bundled out for 203 runs. At a certain stage, they were reduced to 112/8, that is when the Pakistan skipper along with Hasan Ali stitched a sound partnership to take Pakistan to over 200.