Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed is accused of passing racist remarks on the opposite team player Andile Phehlukwayo during the second one-day international in Durban for which there is a possibility of suspension of Sarfraz Ahmed for next five ODI matches.
During the 37th over of South Africa’s chase in the second ODI on Tuesday, Sarfraz was caught on the stump mics saying in Urdu: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?” which translated to, “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?”
For this seemingly unconscious act, the Captain will have to face heavy charges under ICC code of conduct for player behaviour or the ICC’s anti-racism code.
Article 2.13 of its ‘Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel’ — published and effective as of September 30, 2018 — covers obscene, insulting or offensive language and that “such conduct is prohibited under the ICC’s Anti-Racism Code and must be dealt with according to the procedures set out therein”.
The ICC’s ‘Anti-Racism Code for Participants’ describes the offence as “engaging in 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 case will be judged and the punishment will be according to the player’s behaviour in the past. However, it is recommended that there is a “mandatory requirement to undergo a programme of education/counselling designed to promote the understanding and awareness of issues directly relevant to the offence that the Participant has been determined to have committed”.
The topic is under discussion on social media with a series of comments by hundreds of fans. In an extended tweet, Sarfarz clarified himself by saying that “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.”
Furthermore, he declared his act as unconscious conduct of speech and that his words were not meant to be heard by 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 across the globe and will always respect and honour them on and off the field,” he stated
It is most expected that if such action of suspending the player happens, then veteran all-rounder Shoaib Malik will take his place as a captain.