In the light of huge backlash, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has apologised after hurling racial abuse at South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo during the second ODI between the two sides in Durban. Sarfraz's comments could be clearly heard on the stump mic as he made racial abuses at the South African all-rounder.
After his comments were massively condemned on social media and former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar asked Sarfraz to apologise. Taking to social media, Sarfraz posted a series of tweets to write a long apology.
Pakistan Cricket Board also released a statement expressing regret over Sarfraz's racist comments and asserted that PCB does not support such remarks.
"The PCB expresses regret over the remark made by their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and picked up by the stump mic during the second ODI against South Africa in Durban. The PCB neither endorses nor supports any comments that have the potential to cause offence, and firmly reiterates their zero-tolerance approach towards racist comments made; in whatever context," the statement read.
On Tuesday, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar slammed Sarfraz on social media for his comments against Andile Phehlukwayo, and demanded the Pakistan skipper to apologise. He released a video on Twitter, in which he condemned Sarfraz's comments:
The incident took place during the 37th over of the second innings. Shaheen Shahid Afridi bowled a yorker which Phehlukwayo edged towards deep fine leg and ran for a single. After this, he was heard hurling racial comments against the South African all rounder.
"Abey kaale, teri ammi aaj kahaan baitheen hain? Kya parwa ke aaye hai aaj? (Hey black guy, where's your mother sitting today? What [prayer] have you got her to say for you today?)," the Pakistan skipper had said.
Meanwhile, ICC already investigating the incident.