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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has supported Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani’s decision to have Sarfraz Ahmed captain the national team at the World Cup later this year.
Sarfraz got the backing of the board’s chairman after speculation was rife that he would be replaced as captain ahead of the World Cup.
The rumours emerged after Sarfraz was handed a four-match ban by the International Cricket Council (ICC) for his controversial comment to South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during the recently concluded ODI series.
In the 37th over of 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?”
However, with Mani having endorsed Sarfraz, Arthur also feels that he is the right person to lead the side in the quadrennial tournament.
“We’ve made that decision because we are very comfortable with Sarfraz leading this team forward,” Arthur was quoted as saying by the Associated Press. “There’s clarity, there’s no more speculation.
“What he did was wrong and it was worked through. Saffy took it on the chin, he apologized, he moved forward, everything was handled properly.”