Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed on Tuesday shamed himself, his national team and shocked the cricketing world when he racially abused South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo during the second ODI between the two sides in Durban.
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. It was then that Sarfraz could be clearly heard on the stump mic hurling racial abuse at 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.
The commentators at that time, Mike Haysman and Ramiz Raja, also heard his racial slur. Haysman, who couldn't understand Sarfraz's words, asked his fellow commentator 'what's he saying there Ramiz?' for which Ramiz Raja responded 'difficult really to translate that, it's a big long sentence'
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar slammed Sarfraz on social media for his actions, and demanded the Pakistan skipper to apologise. He released a video on Twitter, in which he could be heard as saying,
"I have come across a sad news. I am yet to go through the whole incident, but through social media, I have come across the racial comments passed by Sarfraz. I strongly condemn as a Pakistani. He should never have said such things. It was something very wrong and he should apologise for that, and in fact, he should publicaly apologise for that to this guy (Phehlukwayo)."