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Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has praised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for persisting with Sarfraz Ahmed as captain.
There had been rumours that Afridi would be replaced as captain ahead of the World Cup after his controversial comment to South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo in the second ODI in Durban.
In the 37th over of that match, 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 suspended for four matches by the International Cricket Council (ICC).
In the aftermath of the incident, the PCB were forced to go on the defensive and say it would appoint captains on a “series-by-series basis”.
However, Ehsan Mani, the board’s chairman, confirmed on Tuesday that Sarfraz will continue on as captain and lead Pakistan at the World Cup later this year.
He also announced that Sarfraz’s role as captain will be re-evaluated after the high-profile tournament.
With Sarfraz keeping hold of the leadership position, Afridi lauded the PCB for not handing the reins over to someone else.
Great decision by @TheRealPCB to appoint Sarfaraz Ahmed captain for World Cup. Sarfaraz has proved himself as a leader and should get total support from everyone. This is an ideal opportunity for him to make a memorable contribution. Go well Saifi! 👍🇵🇰
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) February 5, 2019
“Great decision by [the Pakistan Cricket Board] to appoint Sarfraz Ahmed [as] captain for [the] World Cup,” Afridi said on Twitter. “Sarfraz has proved himself as a leader and should get total support from everyone. This is an ideal opportunity for him to make a memorable contribution. Go well Saifi!”