Malik leads the side as Sarfraz banned for four matches

Malik leads the side as Sarfraz banned for four matches

The veteran all-rounder, Shoaib Malik is leading Pakistan team in the fourth ODI of the series in absence of their skipper in all three formats of the game, Sarfraz Ahmed who has been banned by the ICC for his racial remarks.

Shoaib Malik won the toss while captaining Pakistan and elected to bowl first in a pink ODI.

Mohammad Rizwan has been brought in to replace the suspended Sarfraz Ahmed. On the other hand, Hasan Ali has been left out, while Usman Shinwari came back in the playing XI.

Sarfraz Ahmed has been suspended for four matches for the breach of ICC’s Anti-Racism Code for Participants for his comments about South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during the second ODI of the series.

“Engaging in 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.” the code says.

The Pakistan team captain was summoned by the match referee Ranjan Madhugalle, where he accepted his mistake, expressed embarrassment and apologized for his words. The report was then sent to the ICC by the match referee.

Later, he apologized publicly through his official Twitter account and also met Phehlukwayo ahead of the third ODI of the series.

His South African counterpart, Faf du Plessis had forgiven him after his apology, however, he had said that the matter had gone out of their hands and it will be the ICC who will decide his fate.

According to article 7.3 of the Anti-Racism Code, Sarfaraz will also have to undergo an education programme to promote the understanding and awareness of issues directly relevant to the offence that he has committed. The ICC will work with the PCB to determine when and how this should take place.

Sarfraz Ahmed will miss the remaining two ODIs of the five-match series and also the first two T20Is of the three-match series against South Africa.