Sarfraz’s Racist Comments Can Land Him In Trouble

South Africa’s Andile Phehlukwayo was the main difference in the second ODI between Pakistan and South Africa. His four-wicket haul and an unbeaten 69 handed him team a 5-wicket victory.

As a result with that win the Proteas leveled the series 1-1 and has three more games in the series. With his performance Phehlukwayo frustrated the entire Pakistan team. But it was skipper and keeper Sarfraz Ahmed who ended up being the most frustrated.

As a result in the heat of the moment he ended up saying some racist remarks. But unfortunately those comments were caught by the stump mic.

Sarfraz is often known to be vocal from behind the stumps. He often cheers his bowlers and takes a dig at the opponents. But this time his racist remarks were totally unacceptable. As a result things can get worse and he might land in big trouble.

Abey Kaale!

From behind the stumps, Sarfraz was heard referring to Phehlukwayo as ‘Kaale’ (meaning black). Sarfraz came near the stumps to collect the ball and said:

Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj? (Translates to: “Hey black guy, where’s your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?”)

Commentators Mike Haysman and Rameez Raja were on-air at that moment. Haysman asked Raja, “What’s he saying there Ramiz?” The former Pakistan cricketer was smart enough to avoid the question. He had a laugh and said it was a big and long sentence and hence difficult to translate.

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What does the anti-racism rule say?

The Pakistan skipper might now see himself in trouble as the ICC would definitely look into the matter. Racism is strictly unacceptable in modern-day world. According to the law the use of obscene, insulting and offensive language can lead to punishment.

“This offence is not intended to cover any use of language that is likely to offend another person on the basis of their race, religion, gender, colour, descent, national or ethnic origin.

“Such conduct is prohibited under the ICC’s Anti-Racism Code and must be dealt with according to the procedures set out therein,” the rule states.

The rule is in place since 2012, when the ICC updated their anti-racism code. According to it, an activity is considered an offence if:

“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.”