Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed could be in hot water after he was caught making an alleged racist comment against South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo.
In the 37th over of South Africa’s chase in the second ODI in Durban, the broadcast stump mics picked up Sarfraz speaking in Urdu.
As quoted by ESPNcricinfo, the 31-year-old was heard saying: “Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj?”.
Translated into English, it means: “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?”
On commentary, Mike Haysman asked former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja: “What’s he saying there Ramiz?”
In response, Ramiz said: “Difficult really to translate that. It’s a big long sentence.”
The match officials can opt to take action against Sarfraz and charge him under the ICC’s anti-racism code.
An offence under the code relates to “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.”
Phehlukwayo was named Man of the Match in the second ODI, which South Africa won by five wickets, as he registered career-bests while bowling, with figures of 4-22, and batting, as he scored an unbeaten 69.
South Africa’s victory in Durban levelled the series at 1-1 and both sides will be looking to go 2-1 up in the third ODI in Centurion on January 25.