ICC suspends Sarfrazfor four-match over racist remark

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Staff Report

Islamabad

The International Cricket Council handed Sarfraz Ahmed on Sunday suspended Sarfraz Ahmed for four matches after accepting that he was in breach of the ICC’s Anti-Racism Code for Participants following an incident that occurred during the second ODI against South Africa in Durban on Tuesday.

Sarfraz was heard making a comment in Urdu about AndilePhehlukwayo during last week’s one day international in Durban, where the South African all-rounder earned a match-winning partnership with Rassie van der Dussen.

Sarfraz later apologised for the comment on social media.”I wish to extend my sincere apologies to any person who may have taken offence from my expression of frustration… My words were not directed towards anyone in particular and I certainly had no intention of upsetting anyone,” Sarfraz wrote on Twitter.

“I did not even mean for my words to be heard, understood or communicated to the opposing team or the cricket fans.”

“Sarfraz has promptly admitted the offence, was regretful of his actions and has issued a public apology, so these factors were taken into account when determining an appropriate sanction,” said Richardson.Phehlukwayo seemed at ease about the incident after the match.”It was good chat,” he said.

PCB disappointed with ICC decision

The PCB has issued the following statement after the International Cricket Council today suspended Pakistan cricket team captain Sarfaraz Ahmed for four matches.

“The PCB notes the ICC decision on Sarfaraz Ahmed with its utmost disappointment. PCB had anticipated that the matter had been resolved amicably between the two players and the two Boards following Sarafraz Ahmed’s public apologies which were accepted by the player, the Board and South Africa cricket team.