Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed condemned by ICC for distasteful on-field sledging

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The Pakistan cricket side were dealt another massive blow in their one-day series match against South Africa after captain Sarfraz Ahmed was found guilty of racial on-field slurs.

The untimely news will deeply affect a side who have been struggling as of late.

The out of character racial taunt was directed at South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo in the second day at Durban.

Sarfraz will inevitably miss out on the next four games against South Africa and their first two Twenty20 matches - a critical blow for his team when his replacement was a debutant in the form of wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan.

His abuse was captured on the stump microphone in between bowls, and it's clear to see why he's been punished.

In a fit of rage, the captain did anything but lead by example as he exclaimed: "Hey black man, where is your mother sitting today? What (prayer) have you got her to say for you today?"

Claiming that it was simply a murmur in a moment of complete frustration, Sarfraz became increasingly frustrated after seeing the batter escape with several near misses.

The ICC were quick to reprimand the player and deal with their zero toleration of racism. Sarfraz accepted all charges and has made a public apology as well as a more considerately placed personal apology to Phehlukwayo.


The ICC recognised the apology and acknowledged that Safraz was full of regret, but had no real option but to punish the player.

"The ICC has a zero-tolerance policy towards conduct of this nature,” emitted the ICC chief executive David Richardson. Sarfraz had "promptly admitted the offence, was regretful of his actions and has issued a public apology,” stated the executive.

Shoaib Malik was chosen in place of Sarfraz to captain Pakistan for the fourth one-day international. He started life to captaincy well as he won the toss and elected to bowl first.

He has quite a first job on his hands though - South Africa still lead the tie 2-1.

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