Pakistan skipper suspended for his racist comment against Andile Phehlukwayo
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has been given a four-match ban by the International Cricket Council for the comment he made against South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo.
The skipper was missing from the side announced by Pakistan for the ongoing fourth ODI against South Africa, with stand-in skipper Shoaib Malik revealing that the wicketkeeper-batsman the reason behind his absence.
Sarfraz had called Phehlukwayo a ‘black man’ in the second ODI between the two sides. The 31-year-old apologised for the incident after the game, with both South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis and Phehlukwayo himself accepting his apology.
However, Sarfraz fell afoul of the ICC’s anti-racism code and will now miss the remaining two ODIs of the series as well as the first two T20Is of the tour.
Glovesman Muhammad Rizwan has replaced the Karachi-born in the side.
“As per Article 7.3 of the Anti-Racism Code, Sarfraz will also have to undergo an education programme to promote the understanding and awareness of issues directly relevant to the offence that he has committed. The ICC will work with the PCB to determine when and how this should take place,” said the press release.
“The ICC has a zero-tolerance policy towards conduct of this nature,” the press release quotes Chief Executive David Richardson as saying. “Sarfraz has promptly admitted the offence, was regretful of his actions and has issued a public apology, so these factors were taken into account when determining an appropriate sanction.”