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Sarfraz Ahmed has lashed out at legendary seamer Shoaib Akhtar after the latter said that the Pakistan skipper should consider himself lucky that he only received a four-match ban for his racial comment to South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo.
In the 37th over of South Africa’s chase in the second ODI in Durban, the broadcast stump mic picked up Sarfraz speaking in Urdu.
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?”
As a result, Sarfraz was handed a four-match ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
While the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) were not at all happy with the punishment the ICC handed down to Sarfraz, who travelled back home, Akhtar feels that it could have been a lot worse since it revolved around the serious issue of racism.
“It could have been much worse because if this kind of racism happened in football, one could lose the entire World Cup and [be banned] for years,” Akhtar had said. “Racism is a crime, so I think the suspension was very good for the Pakistan cricket team.”
However, upon returning home from the ongoing tour of South Africa, Sarfraz fired back at Akhtar, and was quoted by the Business Recorder as saying: “He [Shoaib Akhtar] is not criticizing, he is attacking me personally.
“I have accepted my mistake, and I am bearing the punishment. I would like to thank the PCB for handling the situation well, and the decision made by the ICC is known.”