South African captain Faf du Plessis stated on Thursday his team has forgiven his Pakistani counterpart, Sarfraz Ahmed for his racial remarks during the second ODI of the series.
However, the situation has gone out of South Africa team’s control and it is the International Cricket Council who will decide Sarfraz Ahmed’s fate.
“We forgive him because he said sorry,” ESPNcricinfo quoted du Plessis.
“He has apologised and taken responsibility for it. It is out of our hands and ICC will have to deal with it now,” he added.
Earlier, the match referee for the five-match ODI series between Pakistan and South Africa, Ranjan Madhugalle sent his report to the ICC after summoning Sarfraz regarding his racist comments against Andile Phehlukwayo.
During the second ODI against the Proteas, Pakistan’s skipper was caught on stump mic saying, “Abey Kaaley, Teri Ammi aaj kahan baithi huieen hain, Hain??? Kya parhwa ke aya hai aaj tu?” (“Hey black [man], where is your mother sitting? What prayer did you get her to say for you today?”)
The next morning, Madhugalle summoned Sarfraz Ahmed in the hotel before leaving Durban, where he accepted his mistake, apologized and felt embarrassed for the words he uttered. He also expressed that he did not intend to say anything racist.
According to ICC’s code of conduct, Sarfraz Ahmed can be banned for three to five One Day Internationals. Moreover, Cricket South Africa (CSA) had also approached the match referee and complained about the incident.
Phehlukwayo’s all-round performance gave South Africa a series-levelling win during the second ODI against Pakistan. He took four wickets in the game, while played a match-winning inning of 69 runs.
The third ODI of the series will be played on January 25th at Centurion.